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Dylan Gunther scores first career NHL goal as Coyotes lose to Senators

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Brady Tkachuk scored two goals for the Ottawa Senators to extend their third straight victory on Saturday with a 6-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Tyler Mott and Shane Pinto scored goals and assists respectively, while Mark Castellik and Josh Norris also scored. Drake Bazarson, Jake Sanderson, and Tim Statzl each had two assists, and Anton Forsberg stopped his 20 shots.

Arizona’s Dylan Gunther scored his first NHL goal of his career. Clayton Keller also scored for the Coyotes, who have lost 4 of 5 this season. Karel Weimerka finished with his 26 saves.

Castellic and Mott scored 47 seconds apart in the third period to boost the Senators’ lead to 5-2. Kastelic thumped several times next to goal before knocking the puck past Weimerka at 6:15. On the next shift

“It was very special to play them for the first time,” said Castellik from Phoenix. “I skated with a lot of guys over the summer and it was kind of a perfect moment for me and my parents as well. But now we have to forget about it and look forward to it.”

Castellic, Austin Watson and Parker Kelly’s lines were spoken by coach DJ Smith after the game.

“It’s a line for us to play north-south and make sure we play the right way emotionally. I think they did well in the third round,” Smith said. “Do it right, they go 100 miles an hour and don’t give you time and space. They’re good at what they do.”

Bazarson hit a shot that Baymerka thought had been trapped, but the puck fell in the crease and Mott was able to push it into the empty net.

Tkachuk scored on a breakaway with 7:52 remaining to close the scoring.

“I thought we played solid in the first period,” said Arizona manager André Turigny. “We had a lot of pressure and urgency. We obviously played really well in the second period and in the third they got opportunistic and I think that was the game.”

The Senators opened the scoring five minutes into the game when Pinto shot from the slot that beat Beymerka. Norris doubled his advantage less than two minutes later when he fired his shot for a point with 6:17 past Vejmelka.

The second period started off with a bang with three goals in a span of 2:07.

Guenther scored on a power play with a chip shot from the bottom of the circle to beat Forsberg at 1:40 and keep the Coyotes in goal. This was for the 19-year-old Gunther, his fourth career NHL goal and first in his game.

“They were very happy,” Gunther said of his teammates’ reaction to his goal. “I think it’s pretty cool when they’re as excited as you are. And for me, I’m glad I got it here. I’ve taken my chances many times.”

A power-play goal from Tokachuk at 3:25 restored Ottawa’s two-goal lead, redirecting a perfect pass from Bazarson in the corner of the net for a 3–1 lead.

However, just 22 seconds later, Keller banked the puck from two Senator players from behind the net to pull Arizona up 3-2.

“I thought I played pretty sloppy in the second period. I had a jam in the first period, then I got some bad penalties, lost rhythm in a 4-4, flipped the puck and gave me a run. couldn’t do what we were doing,” Smith said.


The Coyotes will end their season opener six-game expedition at 4 p.m. Tuesday with the Blue Jackets. ESPN 620AM/98.7FM HD-2.

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