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    Lukas Dostal’s 25 saves not enough in Ducks’ 2-1 loss to Coyotes
    • October 22, 2023

    TEMPE, Ariz. — Lukas Dostal made 25 saves in his second start of the season but it wasn’t enough as the Ducks fell 2-1 to the Arizona Coyotes in a Saturday matinee at 5,000-seat Mullett Arena on the Arizona State University campus.

    The Ducks’ Frank Vatrano tipped in a cross-ice pass from Jakob Silfverberg for his fourth goal of the season on a power play to cut the Coyotes’ lead to 2-1 at 7:47 of the third period.

    Pulling Dostal with two minutes remaining proved fruitless for the Ducks (1-3), who could not score again in a contentious game that included 14 penalties – eight by the Ducks – and a fight between Coyotes forward Liam O’Brien and Ducks forward Ross Johnston that knocked the goal off its moorings midway through the second period. Both were given five-minute fighting penalties.

    Playing in their home opener, the Coyotes (3-2) have won three of their first five games for the first time since the 2015-16 season when they won their first three, and they won their home opener for the first time since 2016-17.

    Clayton Keller and Jason Zucker scored in the victory and Karel Vejmelka made 29 saves.

    Keller gave the Coyotes a 2-0 lead with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle at 14:01 of the second period. The Coyotes spent almost a minute working the puck around in their offensive zone before Keller’s score following a delayed penalty call.

    Just nine seconds into a power play, Zucker opened the scoring with a quick wrist shot from the top of the right circle that squeaked under Dostal’s glove with 2:19 remaining in the first period.

    Dostal saved two shots from Nick Schmaltz from point-blank range minutes earlier on the first of the Coyotes’ two power plays.

    The most consistent pressure from the Ducks on Vejmelka came during a power play early in the second period. Vejmelka turned aside three shots, two by Trevor Zegras, and the defense blocked three others in the first 80 seconds.

    Center Adam Henrique, who missed the previous game with an illness, returned for the Ducks, who were without forward Brock McGinn (lower body), center Alex Kilorn (broken finger) and defenseman Jamie Drysdale (lower body).

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    ​ Orange County Register