ARIZONA COYOTES

Coyotes get first point of the season in shootout loss to Sabres

Oct 16, 2021, 12:57 PM
Arizona Coyotes goalie Karel Vejmelka (70) makes a save in traffic during the first period of an NH...

Arizona Coyotes goalie Karel Vejmelka (70) makes a save in traffic during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

(AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tage Thompson and Artuu Ruotsalainen scored in the shootout, helping the Buffalo Sabres top the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 on Saturday.

Buffalo improved to 2-0 following a 5-1 win against Montreal on Thursday night. Cody Eakin scored in the second period for the Sabres, and Dustin Tokarski made 20 saves before stopping two of three shots in the tiebreaker.

Karel Vejmelka made 32 saves for the Coyotes, who are 0-2 under first-year coach André Tourigny after losing 8-2 in Columbus on Thursday. Andrew Ladd scored in the first.

The Coyotes have lost their first two games in five of the past six seasons.

Eakin knocked in a rebound 1:05 into the second, tying it at 1 with a power-play goal. The scoring chance was created on a rush to the net by Drew Caggiula, who was claimed in April after being waived by Arizona.

Ryan Dzingel set up Ladd in the high slot from behind the goal midway through the opening period, giving the Coyotes their first lead of the season. It was Ladd’s 250th career goal and first since March 10, 2020, at Vancouver.

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