Two Goals Each from Numminen, Tkachuk and Tocchet in Game 7 Leads 5th-seeded ’97-’98 Coyotes Over 4th-seeded ’96-’97 Coyotes

Unlike the more recent Coyotes teams, the earlier Coyotes were good offensively. This series showed that for sure. The 5th-seeded ’97-’98 Coyotes held a 5-4 lead going into the third period of Game 1. However, Mike Gartner scored a PP goal at the 4:25 mark of the third to tie the game for the 4th-seeded ’96-’97 Coyotes. They got the PP after Gerald Diduck received a 5-10-and a game for elbowing. So, Game 1 went into overtime and then Gartner scored the overtime winner nearly five and a half minutes in for the ’97-’98 Coyotes. The ’96-’97 Coyotes responded by taking Game 2, 6-1. Dallas Drake and defensemen Oleg Tverdovsky and Teppo Numminen all posted three points in the win. The ’96-’97 Coyotes kept the momentum going in Game 3 by winning 5-2. Jeremy Roenick scored two goals and defensemen Dave Manson and Diduck both tallied two assists. Then, three goals in both the first and second periods led the ’97-’98 Coyotes to a 6-4 win. Roenick and Tverdovsky both posted two goals in the win.

The ’96-’97 Coyotes held a 2-1 win in Game 5, but then they scored three goals in the third to finish off a 5-1 win. In Game 6, the ’97-’98 Coyotes dominated the scoreboard 7-1, despite being outshot. Cliff Ronning led the offense with two goals and two assists while Roenick and Gartner both potted two goals themselves. The ’97-’98 Coyotes then scored four goals in the first period of Game 7. Numminen and Rick Tocchet accounted for all four goals with each potting twice. After each team scored a goal in the second, the ’97-’98 Coyotes held a 5-2 lead heading into the third while outshooting the ’96-’97 Coyotes 46-27. The domination even picked up in the third for the ’97-’98 Coyotes, but it was the ’96-’97 Coyotes who would take advantage of their scoring chances. Roenick, along with Craig Janney and Kris King, scored for the ’96-’97 Coyotes to cut the lead down to 5-4. In the final minute of the game, the ’96-’97 Coyotes pulled goaltender Pat Jablonski who replaced the starter in the second, but Keith Tkachuk potted an empty-netter to seal the win and the series for the ’97-’98 Coyotes.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’97-’98  Coyotes 3 2 0 1 6
’96-’97 Coyotes 2 2 1 0 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’97-’98 PHX – 6   ’96-’97 PHX – 5   (OT)   (1-0 ’97-’98 PHX)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Teppo Numminen (’97-’98 PHX) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +2   4 S

2nd Star: C – Jeremy Roenick (’97-’98 PHX) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   7 S

3rd Star: LW – Kris King (’96-’97 PHX) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   2 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’97-’98  Coyotes 1 0 0 1
’96-’97 Coyotes 3 2 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’96-’97 PHX – 5   ’97-’98 PHX – 1   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Oleg Tverdovsky (’96-’97 PHX) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +4   3 S

2nd Star: RW – Dallas Drake (’96-’97 PHX) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   7 S

3rd Star: D – Teppo Numminen (’96-’97 PHX) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +4   4 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’96-’97  Coyotes 1 3 1 5
’97-’98 Coyotes 0 0 2 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’96-’97 PHX – 5   ’97-’98 PHX – 2   (2-1   ’96-’97 PHX)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Nikolai Khabibulin (’96-’97 PHX) – W   2.00 GAA   .962 SV% (51 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Jeremy Roenick (’96-’97 PHX) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   9 S

3rd Star: D – Gerald Diduck (’96-’97 PHX) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +3   2 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’96-’97  Coyotes 1 2 1 4
’97-’98 Coyotes 3 3 0 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ’97-’98 PHX – 6   ’96-’97 PHX – 4   (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Keith Tkachuk (’97-’98 PHX) – 3 G   1 A   4 P   Even   10 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: RW – Rick Tocchet (’97-’98 PHX) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   5 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: D – Oleg Tverdovsky (’96-’97 PHX) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   -1   4 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’97-’98  Coyotes 0 1 0 1
’96-’97 Coyotes 1 1 3 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’96-’97 PHX – 5   ’97-’98 PHX – 1   (3-2   ’96-’97 PHX)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Nikolai Khabibulin (’96-’97 PHX) – W   1.00 GAA   .977 SV% (43 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Craig Janney (’96-’97 PHX) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   4 S

3rd Star: RW – Mike Gartner (’96-’97 PHX) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   2 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’96-’97  Coyotes 0 0 1 1
’97-’98 Coyotes 3 2 2 7

GAME SUMMARY:  ’97-’98 PHX – 7   ’96-’97 PHX – 1   (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Cliff Ronning (’97-’98 PHX) – 2 G   1 A   4 P   +3   8 S

2nd Star: G – Nikolai Khabibulin (’97-’98 PHX) – W   1.00 GAA   .977 SV% (42 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Mike Gartner (’97-’98 PHX) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   3 S

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’97-’98  Coyotes 4 1 1 6
’96-’97 Coyotes 0 1 3 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’97-’98 PHX – 6   ’96-’97 PHX – 4   (4-3   ’97-’98 PHX)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Teppo Numminen (’97-’98 PHX) – 2 G   3 A   5 P   +3   9 S

2nd Star: LW – Keith Tkachuk (’97-’98 PHX) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +2   11 S

3rd Star: G – Pat Jablonski (’96-’97 PHX) – ND   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (33 SV’s); Replaced starter Nikolai Khabibulin at the 14:21 mark of the second period

Up next is the 2-7 matchup between the ’09-’10 Coyotes and the ’99-’00 Coyotes!

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