Zetterlund and Bahl score their first NHL goals as Devils beat Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Fabian Zetterlund and Kevin Bahl scored their first career goals and New Jersey scored twice in the final minute of the second period, sending the Devils to a 6-2 win over the Coyotes. Arizona Tuesday night.

Tomas Tatar and Jesper Boqvist scored 22 seconds apart at the end of the second for a 4-2 lead. Yegor Sharangovich scored twice in the final five minutes of the third and added an assist as the Devils won their second straight after snapping a five-game losing streak with a victory Saturday at Dallas.

“It’s always exciting to see someone score their first goal,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “I haven’t seen Kevin smile so much in a long time. The biggest smile. Congratulations to both guys.

“With bigger roles, they played well for us. I really like the way Fabian played with Nico (Hischier) the other night, and again tonight. It’s good to see them coming up and having success.

Hischier had three assists skating on a line with Zetterlund and Sharangovich. Nico Daws made 19 saves in his second straight victory.

“I was rewarded for playing the game the right way,” Ruff said. “I played hard with the pucks and got the guys around the net.

Nick Schmaltz and Travis Boyd scored for the Coyotes, who have lost four straight and 11 of 13. Schmaltz has a career-high 23 goals and, with an assist on Boyd’s goal, he tied his career high with 52 points.

The Coyotes have scored five goals in their last four games and have scored eight in six games since losing leading scorer Clayton Keller to a season-ending broken leg.

Zetterlund played in his sixth NHL game, his third since being recalled from Utica of the American Hockey League last Thursday. Bahl was playing his 15th career game, his eighth this season.

Boyd gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead just 73 seconds into the game when he beat Daws with a quick wrist shot from the right circle after receiving a cross ball pass from Schmaltz.

Zetterlund tied the score when he scored on a wrist shot after a cross pass from Hischier to end a 2-on-1 break at 10:51 of the first period. Zetterlund has three points in three games since being recalled from Utica.

“It was a really good pass from Nico,” said Zetterlund, “an amazing feeling when I saw him come in. And my whole family (in Sweden) watched him too, so I’m really happy.”

Arizona’s Phil Kessel hit the far post with four minutes left in the first period, and Daws made two point-blank saves seconds apart on a Coyotes power play a minute over. late to maintain equality.

Coyotes goalie Karel Vejmelka made a sprawling save to stop Jesper Bratt on the power play early in the second before Bahl made it 2-1 on a slap shot from the right spot in traffic at 5:24. Bahl made a smart pass behind Nathan Bastian’s net which took off from the side boards.

“Bass played a great game against the wall,” Bahl said. “I’m probably not going to make that type of shot if he doesn’t throw it off the wall like that. It was awesome.

Coyotes defenseman Kyle Capobianco hit the right post midway through the second.

Schmaltz left the ice after taking a hard hit from Ty Smith with about five minutes left in the period, but returned moments later and skated alone down the right side for a power-play goal to tie the game 2 at 6:36 p.m.

“The momentum can go both ways,” Ruff said. “They can build momentum by having a good shift. We immediately retaliated. We had a bit of luck there, but instead of going behind the net, Tatar went in front and we quickly threw a puck in front of the net. »

Tatar scored on a pass from Bratt at 19:14 after Vejmelka misplayed the puck behind the net and couldn’t get back into position. Boqvist grabbed a rebound in front 22 seconds later when Vejmelka stopped Janne Kuokkanen’s high wrist shot but couldn’t control it.

Sharangovich scored twice in the 4:24 final to end the scoring.

“I wanted a little more from our older guys, personally,” Coyotes coach André Tourigny said. “I want them to be more committed and push a bit more. I think our youngsters need role models and leadership. I felt our team were working hard but I wanted a bit more of a push.”

NOTES: Coyotes forwards Nathan Smith and Jack McBain made their NHL debuts, with Smith at center of the third line and McBain at fourth. “It’s a dream come true,” said McBain, who played this season at Boston College. “It was an unfortunate result, but a game I will remember for sure.” The two were acquired in separate deals on March 21, McBain from Minnesota for a second-round pick in the 2022 draft and Smith from Winnipeg along with Bryan Little for a fourth-round pick in the 2022 draft. … Total 10 Coyotes made their NHL debut this season, a franchise record. … Coyotes D JJ Moser returned after missing 12 games with an upper-body injury. Dr Jakob Chychrun (lower body), F Lawson Crouse (upper body), F Christian Fischer (lower body) and F Antoine Roussel (lower body) were absent. … Vejmelka’s 45 games are the second in franchise history for rookie goaltenders. Eldon Reddick played 48 players in 1986-87, when the franchise was in Winnipeg.


Devils: Play Colorado on Thursday, the third leg of a five-game road trip.

Coyotes: Visit the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.


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