Coyotes come back in third to beat Canadiens for first regulation win

Arizona Coyotes' Christian Fischer celebrates with teammate Derek Stepan after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens. Thursday, November 16, 2017. Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press

Derek Stepan and Christian Fischer scored power-play goals in the third period as the visiting Arizona Coyotes came from behind to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Thursday to earn their first regulation victory of the season.

Brad Richardson, Christian Dvorak and Tobias Rieder also scored for the Coyotes (3-15-3), who snapped a five-game losing skid.

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Antti Raanta made 33 saves for the win in net.

Brendan Gallagher, Paul Byron, Joe Morrow and Shea Weber scored for the Canadiens (8-10-2).

Charlie Lindgren, who allowed more than two goals for the first time this season, stopped 27-of-32 shots.

With the Coyotes down 4-3 in the third period, Stepan got Arizona level for the third time in the game with a wrist shot from the crease at 4:54 following a failed clearance by Jordie Benn.

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Gallagher was in the box for tripping.

Arizona scored again on the power play at 10:10, this time with Weber penalized for slashing, when Brendan Perlini’s shot ricocheted
off Fischer’s stick and in for the winner.

The Coyotes scored five goals for the first time this season.

They had a combined five goals in their previous four games.

— With files from The Canadian Press.

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