Arizona Coyotes drop Maple Leafs for second-straight win: By the Numbers

Nov 5, 2014, 5:14 AM | Updated: 7:05 am

The bad news was the Arizona Coyotes went 1-3 on their recent road trip.

The good news is the lone win came in the final game of that four-game trip, so the team came into its matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs with some momentum.

And the momentum treated them well Tuesday at Gila River Arena, as Arizona scored two first-period goals and had a 3-0 lead not even seven minutes into the second frame.

The Maple Leafs cut to deficit to two by the second intermission, and they made it interesting near the end, but the Coyotes prevailed 3-2.

The two teams’ records are now the inverse of each other, with the Maple Leafs at 6-5-1 and the Coyotes at 5-6-1.

Here’s a look at Tuesday’s game by the numbers.

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Not only did the Coyotes win their second game in a row, but it was also just the second time this season they’ve won back-to-back contests, which is their longest streak of the campaign.

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Center Sam Gagner put in the first goal of the game, his second in a Coyotes uniform, both of which have come in the last two games.


Left wing Martin Erat scored the second goal of the game, his fourth of the year, the second-most on the team. The 33-year-old Erat only had three goals all of last season between Washington and Arizona.


Left wing Mikkel Boedker still leads the Coyotes with five goals on the season, but he is now in a nine-game drought. He had more than 15 minutes on the ice Tuesday and was a +1 in the box score.


The victory gave Arizona 11 points in the standings, bringing them out of a tie with Edmonton (9) for the worst record in the Pacific division.


Arizona dominated in takeaways by a 13-4 margin.


Goaltender Mike Smith had perhaps his best night of the season, as he stopped 28 of the 30 shots that came his way, good for a save percentage of .933. The win was just the Coyotes’ third in the nine games the 32-year-old Smith has started this year.


The Coyotes had a huge advantage in shots on goal for most of the night, especially in the first period, when it was 10-3 in Arizona’s favor. Toronto took 12 shots on goal in the final frame while Arizona only took six, but the Coyotes still held the overall lead at 33-30.

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