Schmaltz scores twice, Coyotes hold off Canadiens 3-2

Nov 2, 2023, 10:13 PM

Connor Ingram, Arizona Coyotes...

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Connor Ingram (39) makes a save on a shot by Montreal Canadiens right wing Joel Armia (40) as Coyotes defenseman J.J. Moser (90) skates past during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Nick Schmaltz scored two goals, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Thursday night.

The game-winner came with 13:53 remaining on a Coyotes power play with Arber Xhekaj in the penalty box for cross-checking. Rookie Logan Cooley skated from the left side and hit Schmaltz with a pass to beat Jake Allen on the glove side.

Schmaltz, who has four goals and a team-high 10 points, scored his first goal on a penalty shot. Lawson Crouse also scored for Arizona and Connor Ingram stopped 28 shots.

Sean Monahan and Brendan Gallagher had the goals for the Canadiens and Allen stopped 33 shots.

Schmaltz was awarded a penalty shot 6:17 into the game after Canadiens defenseman Justin Barron covered the puck in the crease — the third straight game that Montreal’s opponent has been awarded a penalty. Schmaltz beat Allen to the stick side.

Less than a minute after Schmaltz’s goal, Monahan scored from the slot, his sixth of the season, to tie it.

After an apparent goal later in the period by the Canadiens’ Nick Suzuki was overturned because a Montreal teammate was offside, the teams were scoreless until the final minute of the second period. Just after a Coyotes power play expired, Crouse scored from Allen’s left for his third of the season. Matias Maccelli and Nick Bjugstad assisted on the goal with 38.8 seconds to play in the period.

Gallagher, who assisted on Monahan’s goal, scored for Montreal on the power play 2:59 into the third period with Keller off for holding.

Montreal’s Rafael Harvey-Pinard skated off the ice with an apparent injury early in the second period and did not return.

Arizona Coyotes

Travis Konecny...

Alex Weiner

Coyotes’ winning streak snapped by Flyers, Tourigny points to urgency

The Coyotes' five-game winning streak and a perfect homestand came to an end Thursday night with a loss to the Flyers.

2 hours ago

Nick Schmaltz #8 of the Arizona Coyotes celebrates after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalan...

Tom Kuebel

By the numbers: Coyotes historic win streak over last 5 Stanley Cup champs

The Arizona Coyotes have set the NHL on fire by defeating the last five Stanley Cup winners in a row. Here's a look at the numbers behind the streak.

2 days ago

Xavier Gutierrez, Arizona Coyotes president and CEO...

Arizona Sports

Arizona Coyotes reportedly eyeing northeast Phoenix land for new arena site

The Arizona Coyotes are finalizing the purchase of land in Phoenix with plans to build a new arena there, reports TSN's Darren Dreger.

3 days ago

Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes...

Associated Press

Coyotes cap off historic five-game stretch with win over Capitals

The Coyotes became the first team in NHL history to beat the previous five Stanley Cup in consecutive games with a rout of the Capitals.

3 days ago

Lawson Crouse...

Associated Press

Coyotes jump ahead early, defeat Blues for 4th straight win

Michael Carcone scored for the fourth time in three games, and the Arizona Coyotes beat the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

5 days ago

Schmaltz scores twice, Coyotes hold off Canadiens 3-2