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Coyotes find winning formula with Senators next
Vinnie Hinostroza rediscovered his scoring touch.
But just having him back in the lineup has been a boon for the Arizona Coyotes.
Hinostroza scored in the third period Sunday night in a 4-2 victory at Toronto, his first goal in 11 games since returning from an injury.
The Coyotes will continue their three-game eastern Canada trip Tuesday night at Ottawa and Wednesday in Montreal.
Hinostroza missed 10 games with a lower-body injury in December, during which the Coyotes went 3-7-0. They are 6-3-2 since he returned to the lineup and are in contention for a playoff berth despite missing several players because of injuries.
"We're really finding our identity here and how we want to play as a team," Hinostroza said.
Hinostroza, acquired in an offseason trade with Chicago, has been playing right wing on the second line with center Derek Stepan and Richard Panik.
"He's very quick on pucks, he's a good puck-handler, and he's got an underrated shot," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet told NHL.com. "We've got to start letting him use it more. Yeah, he's got some skill and we definitely need some skill in our lineup."
With Sunday's victory, the Coyotes improved to 22-22-4 and pulled within four points of the Western Conference's second and final wild-card berth.
"We played the right way," said forward Clayton Keller, who also scored against the Maple Leafs. "We came out a little bit slow, but I think we settled down a little bit and stuck to our game plan."
The Senators, who entered the week in a three-way tie for last place in the Eastern Conference, had a two-game winning snapped with a 3-2 loss Saturday in St. Louis. It was just the second loss for the Senators in their past six games (4-2-0).
Goaltender Craig Anderson made 35 saves in his first start since Dec. 21. Anderson missed 11 games with a concussion.
"I thought overall it was pretty good," Anderson told NHL.com of his performance.
"Didn't get the result. We definitely want to get wins here and that's a big part. ... Overall, I felt like I was in shape and seeing the puck pretty good and battling. That was a big thing, just trying to get that timing back and it was there."
Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson scored a controversial go-ahead goal with 7:44 left in the third period.
The Senators unsuccessfully challenged the play, claiming Anderson had covered the puck moments before it was knocked free by Pat Maroon.
"It is what it is and our players have no control over it," Senators coach Guy Boucher told NHL.com. "Our goalie did everything he could and that's a clear, clear, clear, clear save."
"I think the play was covered in my opinion, but the referee was on the other side of the ice and didn't see it, so there's nothing you can do about it so you have to move on," Anderson said. "I think the indication was that most everyone on the ice stopped playing."
Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki missed the game and was listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury suffered Friday.
--Field Level Media
Updated January 21, 2019