Coyotes end 14-game losing streak with win over Senators


Dylan Guenther scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period as the Arizona Coyotes beat the Ottawa Senators 5-3 on Friday night to snap a 14-game losing streak.

Michael Carcone, J.J. Moser, Nick Schmaltz and Matias Maccelli also scored to help the Coyotes get their first win since Jan. 22 and end an 0-12-2 skid. Karel Vejmelka stopped 34 shots to get his first win since Dec. 27 after going 0-8-0 in 10 appearances since.

“It’s [big] for everybody,” Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny said. “For coaches, management, our fans, our media, everybody. You want to be in a winning environment. You want to have success.”

The victory kept the Coyotes from matching their worst winless streak since the franchise moved to Phoenix before the 1996-97 season. The original Winnipeg Jets have the longest winless streak in franchise history, going 30 games without a victory from Oct. 19-Dec. 20, 1980.

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The winless streak had been the longest in an NHL season since the Buffalo Sabres went 18 games without a victory in 2020-21.

Guenther scored a power-play goal at 4:18 of the third, beating Senators goalie Anton Forsberg under the arm to give the Coyotes a 4-3 lead after they gave up a three-goal advantage.

“It’s a big relief,” Guenther said. “I think we’ve been playing really well lately. It’s just really nice to get that out of the way and continue to play well.”

Maccelli added an empty-netter with 1:15 remaining to seal the win.

“Everybody has wanted to win for a long time,” Vejmelka said. “It tastes special for us, for now. A lot of emotions for us. I’m glad and happy for the team. We finally did it.”

Senators captain Brady Tkachuk left the game with 3:30 remaining in regulation. Tkachuk had been hit earlier in the period.

Vladimir Tarasenko, Drake Batherson and Shane Pinto scored for the Senators, who have lost three in a row. Forsberg had 26 saves as a late replacement for Joonas Korpisalo (illness).

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