Nick Schmaltz 7 points sets amazing Arizona Coyotes record in romp of Senators

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Mar 5, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes center Nick Schmaltz (8) celebrates his goal with Arizona Coyotes defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (14) during the second period against the Ottawa Senators at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Schmaltz had two goals and five assists for a franchise record 7 points as the Arizona Coyotes prevailed in a wild 8-5 win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday at Glendale, Ariz.

The last player in the NHL to score at least 7 points in a contest was back in 2012. Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner had a field day against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks registering 4 goals and 4 assists.

“It was one of those nights where everything was coming my way,” Schmaltz said. “it was pretty special but obviously that doesn’t happen very often so I’ll enjoy it and get back to work.”

Nick Schmaltz 7 points leads Coyotes over Senators

Clayton Keller had two goals and two assists and Shayne Gostisbehere had a goal and three assists for the Coyotes, who won their second straight. Scott Wedgewood made 41 saves and Lawson Crouse scored the go-ahead goal.

Parker Kelly had two goals, Thomas Chabot had three assists, and Matt Murray stopped 23 shots for the Senators, who have lost four in a row.

Schmaltz gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead on the power play at 4:10 of the first period when he backhanded a rebound into the net.

Mar 5, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes center Nick Schmaltz (8) scores a goal against Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray (30) during the second period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Clayton Keller made it 2-0 at 13:53. Gostisbehere faked a slap shot from the top of the left circle before feeding an uncovered Keller at the right side of the net.

Schmaltz capitalized on a Senators turnover, scoring from the low slot to push the lead to 3-0 at 2:50 of the second period.

“It was pretty wild,” Schmaltz said of his franchise record night. “Everything kept coming to me and I was able to make plays on it.”

Matias Maccelli scored his first NHL goal in his second NHL game to extend it 4-0 at 12:35, skating in with speed and sliding a rebound five-hole on Murray.

Coyotes outlast Senators

Kelly gave the Senators life just over a minute later when his shot from the top of the left circle trickled through Wedgewood to make it 4-1.

Josh Norris narrowed it to 4-2 from the right circle on the power play at 15:11 and Kelly brought Ottawa to within one at 16:06 from the left circle.

The Senators’ three goals were scored 2:12 apart.

Tim Stutzle fed Alex Formenton for the tap-in on the doorstep 56 seconds into the third period to tie it 4-4. Nick Paul put the Senators ahead 5-4 less than a minute later from in front.

Keller tied it 5-5 at 4:07. Schmaltz picked off Murray behind the net and dished off to Keller in the slot, who had an empty net.

Crouse put the Coyotes back in front, 6-5, from the bottom of the circle on the power play at 6:57. Gostisbehere made it 7-5 from the high slot at 14:53 and Dysin Mayo added one to make it 8-5 at 16:26.

Nick Schmaltz of the Arizona Coyotes became the third player in NHL history to record seven or more points in a game after never having four-plus in a contest entering play that day, joining Red Green in 1924 and Garry Unger in 1971

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–Field Level Media contributed to this report