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Coyotes rally for 4-3 shootout win over Blackhawks

Conor Garland and Nick Schmaltz scored in the shootout against Robin Lehner, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied from two goals down to to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Sunday night.

Patrick Kane connected against Darcy Kuemper in the tiebreaker as the Coyotes improved to 5-2 in shootouts this season and finished a 3-1 road trip.

Garland got his team-leading 12th goal in regulation, and Carl Soderberg and Christian Fischer also scored. Kuemper finished with 26 saves through overtime.

Arizona Coyotes right wing Conor Garland (83) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in a shootout of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Chicago. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 4-3. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)

Jonathan Toews has a goal and two assists for his first three-point game this season. Alex DeBrincat and Dominik Kubalik also scored for injury-depleted Chicago, which played beyond regulation for the third straight game following an overtime win at Boston on Thursday and a shootout win at New Jersey the following night.

Lehner had 44 saves — including several sensational ones — as the Coyotes pressured late.

Chicago led 3-1 after one period.

Arizona Coyotes center Derek Stepan, right, controls the puck past Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Dennis Gilbert during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)

Toews opened the scoring 53 seconds in. He connected on a backhand deflection of Calvin de Haan’s soft cross-ice feed, despite being tied up with defenseman Jason Demers.

DeBrincat’s power-play goal at 8:40 made it 2-0. The forward slipped behind Arizona’s defense on the left side, took Kane’s feed, then burst to the net and beat Kuemper high on the glove side.

Arizona cut to 2-1 at 11 minutes from a goalmouth scramble when Christian’s Dvorak’s feed from the left side of the net ticked in off Fischer’s skate. Kubalik’s midair deflection of Connor Murphy’s shot from the left point with 2:05 left in the first restored Chicago’s two-goal lead.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Dennis Gilbert, right, is checked by Arizona Coyotes left wing Lawson Crouse during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)

Garland and Soderberg scored power-play goals in the second to tie it at 3. Garland trimmed it to 3-2 at 6:32 on a wrist shot from the slot.

Chicago rookie defenseman Dennis Gilbert and Demers squared off in a free-swinging fight at 7:01. Gilbert was assessed an extra minor penalty for instigating, as well as a 10-minute misconduct.

Soderberg knotted it at 3 on the ensuing man advantage at 8:53 when his pass from right circle deflected off Chicago’ defenseman Slater Koekkoek’s stick and over Lehner’s shoulder.

Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper, left, celebrates with defenseman Jakob Chychrun after the Coyotes defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a shootout of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)

Lehner robbed Clayton Keller with a flashy glove save at 9:19 of the scoreless third to keep it tied. Keller was alone at the low edge of the right circle during Arizona’s fifth straight power-play when he fired and Lehner reached to grab the shot.

Lehner slid across the crease to stop Jakob Chychrun at 1:40 of overtime. Kuemper blocked Toews’ tip-in attempt from the edge of the crease during Chicago’s power-play midway through the extra period.

Arizona finished the OT on a power-play of its own after Toews sent off for slashing.

Chicago Blackhawks' Kirby Dach, left, and Jonathan Toews react after following the team's loss to the Arizona Coyotes in an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Chicago. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 4-3. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)

NOTES: DeBrincat has goals in three straight games after going 12 games without one. ... Chicago D Duncan Keith (groin) missed his fifth game. Coach Jeremy Colliton said the 36-year-old two-time Norris Trophy winner hasn’t resumed skating and remains out “week-to-week.” ... Chicago D Olli Maatta missed his third game (illness) and F Andrew Shaw sat out his fourth (concussion protocol). ... The Blackhawks recalled F Dylan Sikura from Rockford of the AHL and re-assigned F Anton Wedin. ... Arizona scratched F Michael Chaput, F Barrett Hayton and D Aaron Ness.

UP NEXT:

Coyotes: Host Calgary on Tuesday night.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Dennis Gilbert, left, and Arizona Coyotes center Brad Richardson battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)

Blackhawks: At Vegas on Tuesday night to start a three-game trip.

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Arizona Coyotes center Brad Richardson, right, and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Dennis Gilbert chase as they battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)

Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller, right, looks to pass against Chicago Blackhawks center David Kampf during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)

Arizona Coyotes right wing Christian Fischer, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Alex DeBrincat (12) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner blocks a shot by Arizona Coyotes center Christian Dvorak during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)