ARIZONA COYOTES

Coyotes earn 1st win at Mullett Arena with victory over Panthers

Nov 1, 2022, 10:37 PM | Updated: 11:07 pm
Nick Ritchie #12 of the Arizona Coyotes celebrates with Clayton Keller #9, J.J. Moser #90 and Travi...
Nick Ritchie #12 of the Arizona Coyotes celebrates with Clayton Keller #9, J.J. Moser #90 and Travis Boyd #72 after Ritchie scored power-play goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period of the NHL game at Mullett Arena on November 01, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Panthers 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

TEMPE (AP) — Nick Ritchie scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Florida Panthers 3-1 on Tuesday night for their first victory in three games at their new Mullett Arena home.

“It was pretty cool,” Ritchie said. “The crowd was standing for us the last minute of the game. It was loud in here for a small barn. It feels good. We want to do more of that at home.”

Ritchie’s power-play goal with 11:05 remaining came on a wrist shot from the slot that beat Spencer Knight to the glove side for a 2-1 lead. Ritchie has four goals this season, all on the power play.

Florida pulled Knight with two minutes remaining and Clayton Keller scored into an empty net with 1:07 left.

Lawson Crouse also scored on a power play for Arizona, which had lost four of five. The Coyotes have converted 11 of 34 power-play opportunities, which ranks among the NHL leaders, after going 2 for 4 in this one.

“When we play with urgency defensively, we are a tough team to beat,” Arizona coach Andre Tourigny said. “We’re honest. Goalie stopped 41 pucks, our (penalty kill) shut down a team like Florida and your power play scored two goals. That’s a good recipe. I hope we can copy and paste a few times.”

Karel Vejmelka made 41 saves for Arizona.

“It was a good win against one of the best teams in the league,” said Vejmelka, who was under constant pressure in the final minutes.

The Coyotes did not convert on their two first-period power-play chances but made good on their final two.

“We didn’t make any adjustment,” Tourigny said. “Power play is a matter of execution. The pass has to be on the tape. The pass has to be quick. We need to be crisp. We went into the third and we zipped the puck and scored a big goal.”

Colin White scored to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the second period in the opener of their four-game, five-day trip out West. The Panthers had won three in a row and were 7-1-1 in their last nine games against Arizona.

Knight made 18 saves while losing for the first time in four starts this season.

“The third period is where we lost the game,” Florida coach Paul Maurice said. “We had done what we needed to do and didn’t accept through 40 minutes that it was still a tight game, and the first 10 minutes (of the third period) we did a lot of things we hadn’t done this year, uncharacteristic play.”

Florida hit two posts and Vejmelka stopped Patric Hornqvist on a breakaway in the first three minutes of the second before White broke through, tipping in a high shot from right in front over Vejmelka’s left shoulder at 8:24.

White has a point in all six road games for Florida, tying a franchise record to open the season.

Crouse tied it five minutes later on a power play with a wrist shot from the slot.

HOME SWEET HOME

The Coyotes will spend this season and the next two on the Arizona State University campus at Mullett Arena, capacity 5,000, after the city of Glendale refused to renew their lease at Gila River Arena.

THIS AND THAT

– Florida G Sergei Bobrovsky is two games short of 600.

– The Panthers mustered seven shots in the first period but finished with 41. They had 51 shots and a franchise-record 58 in their previous two games, respectively.

TRAINER’S ROOM

– Coyotes F Nick Schmaltz (upper body) missed his eighth straight game and Conor Timmins (upper body) missed his seventh. Arizona D Jakob Chychrun (wrist) has not played this season while recovering from offseason surgery. F Zack Kassian (lower body) is day-to-day.

– Panthers C Anton Lundell did not skate in practice Monday because of an undisclosed injury but logged 17 minutes. … C Nick Cousins and D Matt Kiersted were scratched.

UP NEXT

The Coyotes host the Dallas Stars to finish a four-game homestand on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Arizona Sports 98.7.

Penguin Air
Florida Panthers goaltender Spencer Knight makes a save on a shot by the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes center Jack McBain (22) battles with Florida Panthers center Anton Lundell (15) for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Florida Panthers center Colin White (6) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with center Sam Bennett, left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka (70) has a shot by Florida Panthers' Colin White go over his head before ending up in the net for a goal, as Panthers left wing Ryan Lomberg (94) and Coyotes defenseman Patrik Nemeth (2) battle for position during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka (70) makes a save on a shot by Florida Panthers center Anton Lundell (15) as Coyotes defenseman J.J. Moser, right, watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka (70) makes a save on a shot by Florida Panthers right wing Patric Hornqvist, right, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes center Barrett Hayton (29) celebrates a goal by Lawson Crouse against Florida Panthers goaltender Spencer Knight (30) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes left wing Nick Ritchie (12) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with defenseman J.J. Moser (90) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The Coyotes won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka, right, makes a save on a shot by Florida Panthers right wing Patric Hornqvist (70) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The Coyotes won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes' Troy Stecher (51) celebrates with Matias Maccelli (63) and other teammates after the team's 3-1 win in an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes defenseman Troy Stecher (51) slides over to block a shot by Florida Panthers left wing Rudolfs Balcers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The Coyotes won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) keeps the puck away from Arizona Coyotes defenseman Josh Brown, right, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The Coyotes won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Florida Panthers goaltender Spencer Knight, left, makes a save on a shot by Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller (9) as Panthers defensemen Brandon Montour (62) and Gustav Forsling (42) pressure Keller during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The Coyotes won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes center Nick Bjugstad (17) and Florida Panthers defenseman Gustav Forsling (42) battle for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The Coyotes won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Florida Panthers right wing Patric Hornqvist (70) and defenseman Josh Mahura (28) skate off the ice after the  team's NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The Coyotes won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes center Liam O'Brien, left, collides with Florida Panthers left wing Rudolfs Balcers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The Coyotes won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes left wing Nick Ritchie (12) and center Barrett Hayton (29) try to get the puck from underneath Florida Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe (23) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The Coyotes won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller skates with the puck before scoring an empty-net goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The Coyotes won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Nick Ritchie #12 of the Arizona Coyotes celebrates with Clayton Keller #9, J.J. Moser #90 and Travis Boyd #72 after Ritchie scored power-play goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period of the NHL game at Mullett Arena on November 01, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Panthers 3-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Arizona Coyotes fans wave towels on Hockey Fights Cancer night during the first period of an NHL hockey game between the Coyotes and the Florida Panthers in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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