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, Ariz. (AP) The customized title belt the Arizona
Coyotes pass around for a top performance in a victory was already in Antti
Raanta’s possession after a win two days earlier against Montreal.Raanta did
even more to earn the belt Saturday, though he handed it off to defenseman
Niklas Hjalmarsson. Raanta made 39 saves for his first shutout of the season and
the Coyotes won their fourth straight, scoring on their first shot in a 1-0
victory over the Edmonton Oilers.Raanta had his ninth career shutout, helping
the Coyotes earn points for the fifth time in six games.Article continues below
...”You never get the shutouts just by yourself, you need a good team in front
of you,” Raanta said. ”It shows you how much better we are right now … I went
with `Hammer’ because Hammer’s been blocking more shots than I have sometimes
saved.”Cam Talbot made 31 saves for Edmonton. The Oilers have lost six in a
row.Talbot was pulled with under 90 seconds to play, but Edmonton could not send
the game to overtime. The OilersThe Coyotes scored on their first attempt of the
game. Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s shot caromed off teammate Christian Dvorak’s body
and past Talbot at 3:26 of the first period.”Somehow found its way in,” Dvorak
said. ”Sometimes you get lucky if you go to the net.”The Oilers’ best chance
came midway through the third. Patrick Maroon’s goal was overturned on a
Coyotes’ challenge for goaltender interference. Maroon tipped in Oscar Klefbom’s
shot, but replays appeared to show Maroon didn’t allow Raanta full movement with
his stick and blocker to be able to stop the puck.”The goalie is way out of his
crease and I’m getting pushed into him. So I mean, it can go either way,” Maroon
said. ”I feel like it has been going that way all year.”Talbot expressed his
displeasure at the ruling and that Arizona’s goal was not called back for the
same infraction.”It’s extremely frustrating to have what seems like every one of
these calls go against us. I just don’t understand it. … There’s just no
consistency and I’m (expletive) sick of it.” he said.Dvorak became the fourth
player in Coyotes history to begin his career with consecutive 10-or more-goal
seasons. Ekman-Larsson has four points in his last two games and 25 in 31 career
games against Edmonton, the most against any opponent.Talbot made several key
saves in the period, two on a late Arizona power play Gabriel
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, to keep the Coyotes from extending their
lead.Raanta stopped Ryan Strome’s shot with 14:33 left in the third period, then
turned away Zack Kassian’s long attempt 23 seconds later. He stayed strong in
goal even against an extra attacker in the closing seconds.”Lots of blocking
shots,” Raanta said of the game’s last few moments. ”Everybody who was on the
ice, they were putting their bodies on the line.”The Coyotes held Oilers star
Connor McDavid, among the NHL leaders in points with 66, to two shots on
goal.”That’s a tough task to shut that guy down. He’s a world-class talent,”
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said.NOTES: Oilers backup goalie Al Montoya was
scratched after suffering an upper-body injury in Friday’s practice, and will be
evaluated again on Sunday. The team recalled G Laurent Brossoit from Bakersfield
of the AHL on an emergency basis and assigned D Keegan Lowe to Bakersfield. … D
Adam Larsson returned to the Oilers after missing the past eight games following
the death of his father. He served four penalty minutes. … Coyotes F Richard
Panik returned to action after missing the past two games as a healthy scratch.
C Zac Rinaldo was scratched for Arizona. … Ekman-Larsson has 21 assists on the
season, and has recorded 20 or more in six consecutive seasons. … Texas Rangers
pitcher Cole Hamels, in town for spring training, attended the game. … The
Coyotes are 28-6-5 in their last 39 games against the Oilers.UP NEXTOilers: At
Colorado on Sunday night.Coyotes: Host Calgary on Thursday night. MONTREAL (AP)
— The Montreal Canadiens are leaving teams behind — and trying not to get too
far ahead of themselves.Brendan Gallagher scored with 11 seconds left to give
the Montreal Canadiens their third straight victory, 3-2 over the St. Louis
Blues on Wednesday night.“I’m not proud of anything because it’s only six
games,” coach Claude Julien said. “I’m glad with the way things are going but
there’s no reason to get carried away with where we are right now. There’s still
lots to accomplish. I could be proud of a lot of things ,
but I prefer being humble in these situations where things can change
quickly.”Max Domi and Mike Reilly each scored their first goal of the season to
help Montreal improve to 4-1-1. Carey Price made 23 saves for his second victory
of the season after missing two games because of the flu.Gallagher tipped a
loose puck past goalie Jake Allen after jumping on a bad giveaway by defenseman
Colton Parayko in front of the net.“You obviously don’t expect it,” Gallagher
said. “You have to be in the right spot. I thought Tuna (Tatar) did a good job
to create the turnover and fortunately enough it ended up where I didn’t do that
much. I just had to chip it in.”From the corner of the ice, Parayko whiffed on a
pass and the puck went right to Tomas Tatar, who poked it to Gallagher at the
side of the net.“It’s obviously a tough play. I feel bad for Colton,” Blues
coach Mike Yeo said. “But we’re not playing well enough to win hockey games. And
when you do that, yeah, one play can be the difference. You don’t deserve to win
if you only go out and play hard in the third period. We’re not playing 60
minutes.”Vince Dunn and Brayden Schenn scored for St. Louis, and Allen made 20
saves. The Blues dropped to 1-3-2.Just 39 seconds into the game, Domi put the
home team in front with his first goal in a Canadiens uniform. On a 2-on-1 with
Jonathan Drouin, Domi carried the puck from his own blue line before beating
Allen with a backhand between the pads.Dunn tied it at 3:21 of the second period
when his shot from the point beat Price through traffic.Reilly showed fancy
stick work at the blue line to evade Brayden Schenn’s poke check before firing a
wrist shot glove side past Allen on the power play at 7:42 of the second to give
Montreal the 2-1 lead.The Canadiens gave St. Louis three power plays in the
third period and the visitors capitalized on the last one. With Matthew Peca in
the box for holding, Schenn beat Price with 3:29 left in the game.NOTES: The
victory was Montreal’s first against the Blues since Oct. 20, 2015. The
Canadiens were 0-3-2 in their last five versus St. Louis. … Canadiens forward
Andrew Shaw is out with flu. … Blues center Tyler Bozak played his 600th NHL
game.UP NEXTBlues: At Toronto on Saturday night.Canadiens: At Ottawa on Saturday
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