Nick Schmaltz had two goals and five assists, a franchise record seven points, as the Arizona Coyotes overcame a five-goal Ottawa rally and beat the Senators 8-5 Saturday.

After the Coyotes lost their lead, Schmaltz set up four goals in the third period. Clayton Keller scored twice, including one that made it 5-all. Lawson Crouse gave Arizona the lead with a power play goal.

Schmaltz stated that it was one of those nights when everything seemed to be coming my way. It was quite special, but it doesn’t often happen. Enjoy it, and then get back to work.

“Some nights, you just have a little more jump and the puck finds you more than other nights.” Those are rare opportunities.

Arizona rookie Matias Mccelli scored his first goal in his career midway through the second period. Parker Kelly scored two goals as the Senators scored five goals in just six minutes to lead 5-4 early into the third period.

The Coyotes beat NHL points leader Colorado Friday to win two consecutive games, three of four, and four of six during their longest stretch of the season. Eight goals was the season’s highest total.

Schmaltz has scored nine goals and eight assists in the last nine games. Linemate Keller has nine goals, 12 assists and 16 goals in his last 16 games. His five assists on Saturday tied the franchise record for most assists, which was set by Keith Tkachuk in February 23, 2001.

“The game ended in a big way, and they came back,” said Andre Tourigny, an Arizona cach. “His play keeps progressing, keeps getting better.”

In the third period, Arizona’s Shayne Gostisbehere scored and Dysin Mayo added two assists. Gostisbehere had three assists, while Keller had two.

Senators lost four straight games to Alex Formenton, Josh Norris and Nick Paul.

Kelly scored twice, and Norris added another goal in the 2:12 period. Ottawa was now within 4-3 at the end of the second period. Thomas Chabot assisted with all three goals.

Formenton scored a goal from Tim Stutzle 56 seconds into the third period to tie the score at 4-4. Paul made the comeback just a minute later when he tipped a high puck into the net after Scott Wedgewood, Arizona’s goaltender, saved Nick Holden’s shot from the right circle at 1:53.

Keller tied the game at 5. He scored an open goal at 4:07 in the third period. This was after Ottawa goaltender Matt Murray couldn’t get back to position after he had been playing a puck on his back boards.

Crouse’s wrist shot on a power-play at 6:57 put the Coyotes ahead by putting them 6-5.

Chabot stated, “It hurts a lot.” “The second period was a good example of how we want to play every night. While we created so many offensive opportunities, we also played very tight defensively.


C Travis Boyd was signed by the Coyotes to a two year contract extension valued at $3.5 million. After a slow start, Boyd scored 10 goals and had 24 points in 46 games.

Boyd stated, “I made a conscious choice when I was in that situation to not be afraid.” It’s time for you to take the chance and go. It’s your turn to prove what you can do.

Boyd, 28 years old, is also one assist shy of a career record while skating on the Coyotes top line with Keller & Schmaltz.


During the pregame skate, the Coyotes wore uniform sweaters in black with rainbow-colored numerals to celebrate “Pride Day.” The Coyotes finished their eight-game homestand at 4-4, tied for fourth in franchise history. Their previous homestands were longer and they have never won more than four games. Keller is currently at 51 points and on pace to be the Coyotes first 70-point player, since Ray Whitney (77) in 2011-12. … Maccelli, the eighth Coyote to make their NHL debut this season is one shy of the franchise record.


Ottawa: Sunday’s fourth game of a five-game roadtrip will be played in Vegas

Arizona: Tuesday, Detroit. This is the beginning of a five-game tour.