ARIZONA COYOTES

Coyotes continue record pace, score two shorthanded goals at Flyers

Nov 8, 2018, 7:31 PM | Updated: 11:28 pm

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)...

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

When the chips are stacked against them, the Arizona Coyotes seem to get better.

Entering play Thursday, the Coyotes had scored seven shorthanded goals through 13 games.

Make that nine as Arizona netted two shortys against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, continuing the team’s success with fewer players on the ice in 2018.

The best part?

The goals were a mere 24 seconds apart.

Looking at a tied 2-2 game, Derek Stepan gave the Coyotes the lead with the first shorthanded goal of the night.

But it wouldn’t be a shorty party without Michael Grabner.

With his latest goal, Grabner has three shorthanded goals on the season, tied with Brad Richardson for the team high. He now has 18 career shorthanded goals, good for seventh among active NHL players.

“I think he’s got one of the better sticks you’ll see in the league,” Richardson said of Grabner in October. “He’s good at kind of baiting guys in and putting a puck where he wants them to and he can intercept it and knock pucks down. But we’ve just been reading off each other well. We know what we’re doing and then if there’s a chance there, we’re trying to go. He’s got exceptional speed so you want to try to use that if you can.”

If it feels like the Coyotes have capitalized when on the penalty kill, it’s because they have.

Not only have the Coyotes added to the win column thanks to their shorthanded play, they’ve also made it into the NHL record books.

According to Arizona, the Coyotes are the only team since 1977 — when the NHL first kept track — to be +5 with nine SHG and four power play goals allowed at any point in the season.

The Coyotes are also just the second team since the 1933-34 season to score nine SHG in its first 14 games.

Despite the two shorthanded goals, Arizona fell to Philadelphia in overtime, 5-4.

Arizona Coyotes' Darcy Kuemper (35) skates off the ice after losing in overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 5-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Coyotes' Darcy Kuemper (35) cannot block the game-winning goal by Philadelphia Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere as Jakub Voracek (93) and Kevin Connauton (44) look on during overtime in an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 5-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds, right, and Shayne Gostisbehere celebrate after Gostisbehere's game-winning goal during overtime in an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 5-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Coyotes' Brendan Perlini (11) tries to keep Philadelphia Flyers' Radko Gudas (3) away from the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Laughton celebrates after scoring a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux (28) gets tangled up with Arizona Coyotes' Jason Demers (55) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere, second from left, celebrates with Jakub Voracek and teammates after scoring the game-winning goal during overtime in an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 5-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson, right, and Alex Galchenyuk celebrate after Ekman-Larsson's goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Flyers' Nolan Patrick (19) reaches for a loose puck against Arizona Coyotes' Darcy Kuemper (35) and Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Coyotes' Derek Stepan celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Coyotes' Brendan Perlini, top, pins Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Couturier to the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Arizona Coyotes' Darcy Kuemper (35) blocks a shot by Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds (17) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Flyers' Travis Konecny, left, and Travis Sanheim celebrate after Konecny's goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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