ARIZONA COYOTES

Clayton Keller hat trick lifts Coyotes past Flyers in OT

Dec 11, 2022, 8:27 PM
Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller celebrates after his winning goal against the Philadelphi...

Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller celebrates after his winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during overtime of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

TEMPE, Ariz. — Clayton Keller capped his first career hat trick with a goal with 22.4 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Arizona Coyotes a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

Keller skated in from the left side and beat Carter Hart to the glove side as the Coyotes’ won their second straight home game after returning from a 14-game, 33-day road trip. Keller has a seven-game point streak.

Nick Ritchie gave the Coyotes a 4-3 lead on a breakaway at 7:27 of the third period before Travis Konecny tied it with 2:17 remaining, a half-minute after the Flyers pulled Hart for an extra skater.

Jack McBain also scored and Karel Vejmelka made 35 saves for the Coyotes, who had lost six straight to finish their long road swing.

Morgan Frost had a goal and three assists, James van Riemsdyk had a goal and two assists, and Owen Tippet also scored for the Flyers, who have lost five of six and are 2-10-5 since their 7-3-2 start to the season. Van Riemsdyk played his third game since missing the previous 20 with an upper body injury. Hart made 23 saves for the Flyers in his seventh straight start.

Keller scored the only goal of the first period on a power play with 7:14 remaining, 3 seconds before a penalty was to expire. Keller’s wrist shot from the slot beat Hart through traffic.

Frost and van Riemsdyk teamed on goals 1:59 apart for a 2-1 lead four minutes Into the second period. Frost found an open side after taking van Riemsdyk’s pass pass from behind the net at 2:09. Frost fed van Riemsdyk to complete a 2-on-1 break at 4:08 as the sides skated 4-on-4 after penalties on Arizona’s Lawson Crouse and Philadelphia’s Nick Seeler.

The Flyers’ lead was short-lived. Keller scored on a back-handed breakaway at 7:45 and McBain redirected a cross-ice pass from J.J. Moser three minutes later for a 3-2 lead.

Tippett tied it with 1:18 left in the second period on a high wrist shot from the near the blue line slot.

POINT-A-GAME KELLER

Keller has 26 points this season, the most for the Coyotes in the first 26 games of a season since Shane Doan had 26 in 2008-09. Keller has 35 goals and 83 points in 77 games since Nov. 18, 2021, sixth among NHL right wings with a minimum 50 games. He missed the final 15 games last season with a fractured leg.

UP NEXT

Flyers: At Colorado on Tuesday night for the third of a four-game trip.

Coyotes: At San Jose on Tuesday night.

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