ARIZONA COYOTES

Dylan Guenther scores 1st career NHL goal in Coyotes’ loss to Senators

Oct 22, 2022, 4:51 PM | Updated: 6:34 pm
Arizona Coyotes Right Wing Dylan Guenther (11) skates by the bench to celebrate his first career go...
Arizona Coyotes Right Wing Dylan Guenther (11) skates by the bench to celebrate his first career goal during second period National Hockey League action between the Arizona Coyotes and Ottawa Senators on October 22, 2022, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Brady Tkachuk scored twice and the Ottawa Senators beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-2 on Saturday for their third straight win.

Tyler Motte and Shane Pinto each had a goal and an assist, and Mark Kastelic and Josh Norris also scored for the Senators, who have won three in a row at home after starting with two road losses. Drake Batherson, Jake Sanderson and Tim Stutzle each had two assists and Anton Forsberg stopped 20 shots.

Arizona’s Dylan Guenther scored his first career NHL goal. Clayton Keller also scored for the Coyotes, who have lost four of five this season. Karel Vejmelka finished with 26 saves.

Kastelic and Motte scored 47 seconds apart in the third period to push the Senators’ lead to 5-2. Kastelic had a couple of whacks at the side of the goal before knocking the puck past Vejmelka at 6:15. On the next shift,

“It was pretty special to play against them for the first time,” said Kastelic, a native of Phoenix. “I skate with a lot of those guys in the summer, and it was just kind of a full-circle moment for me and my parents as well. They came in from Arizona and it’s really exciting that we got the win, but we have to put it behind us now and look forward.”

The line of Kastelic, Austin Watson and Parker Kelly had coach DJ Smith talking after the game.

“That’s a line for us that plays north-south and gets us playing emotionally the right way. I think they did a heck of the job in the third,” Smith said. “The do it right, they go 100 miles an hour and they don’t give any time and space. They’re good at what they do.”

Batherson took a shot that Vejmelka thought he had trapped, but the puck fell into the crease where Motte was able to push it into the empty net.

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

“I thought we played solid in the first period,” Arizona coach Andre Tourigny said. “We had a lot of pressure and urgency. We didn’t score but I don’t think the period was that bad. We played a really good second period obviously and I think in the third they got opportunistic and that was the game.”

The Senators opened the scoring five minutes into the game when Pinto took a shot from the slot that beat Vejmelka. Norris doubled the advantage as he tipped a point shot past Vejmelka less than two minutes later at 6:17.

The second period started feverishly with three goals in a 2:07 span.

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

“They were super stoked,” Guenther said of his teammates’ reaction to his goal. “I think it’s pretty cool when they’re just as excited as you are. And it’s nice for me, too, to get one here. I’ve been getting a lot of chances.”

Tkachuk’s power-play goal at 3:25 restored Ottawa’s two-goal lead as he redirected a perfect pass from Batherson at the corner of the net for a 3-1 lead.

Just 22 seconds later though, Keller banked the puck from behind the net off two Senators players and in to pull Arizona to 3-2.

“I thought we played pretty sloppy in the second period. First period we had some jam, then we took some bad penalties and got out of rhythm on the 4-on-4s, turned some pucks over and didn’t do, to me, what we had been doing,” Smith said.

UP NEXT

The Coyotes conclude a season-opening six-game trip at the Blue Jackets on Tuesday at 4 p.m. on ESPN 620 AM / 98.7 FM HD-2.

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Ottawa Senators defenseman Artem Zub (2) keeps the puck from Arizona Coyotes center Liam O'Brien (38) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) Arizona Coyotes center Jack McBain (22) skates the puck towards Ottawa Senators left wing Tim Stützle (18) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot (72) fights to keep the puck from Arizona Coyotes center Nick Bjugstad (17) as Senators goaltender Anton Forsberg (31) guards the net during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) Arizona Coyotes center Barrett Hayton (29) controls the puck into the corner as Ottawa Senators' Erik Brannstrom (26) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) scores on Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka (70) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) Ottawa Senators center Josh Norris (9) takes a shot on net as Arizona Coyotes left wing Matias Maccelli (63) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka (70) stops a shot from Ottawa Senators right wing Drake Batherson (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka (70) keeps his eye on the puck as Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot (72) lines up a shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka (70) stops a shot from Ottawa Senators right wing Drake Batherson (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) Ottawa Senators left wing Tyler Motte (14) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with teammates Drake Batherson (19) and Artem Zub (2) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) Ottawa Senators' Mark Kastelic (47) celebrates his goal with fans and teammate Austin Watson (16) against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) Ottawa Senators' Mark Kastelic (47) celebrates his goal with teammates Austin Watson (16) and Parker Kelly (45) against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) 
              Ottawa Senators center Shane Pinto (57) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
            Arizona Coyotes Right Wing Dylan Guenther (11) skates by the bench to celebrate his first career goal during second period National Hockey League action between the Arizona Coyotes and Ottawa Senators on October 22, 2022, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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