GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Downcast before the final game of what had been a difficult road trip, the Ottawa Senators found a way to dig out a little momentum in the desert before heading home.
Cory Conacher scored at 2:48 of overtime, Jason Spezza completed a natural hat trick to erase a two-goal deficit and the Senators ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.
"We came into this game with a little different attitude and it showed in most parts of the game," Conacher said. "Obviously, we took five to 10 minutes off and they got a couple of goals, but for the most part I think that we showed we can be a really good team."
Ottawa had gone through a rough opening stretch of the season, following a win over Buffalo with a 0-2-2 run heading into Tuesday's game.
The players talked after their morning skate about trying to end the road trip on a positive note and did just that, rallying from a 2-0 deficit behind Spezza's fifth career hat trick.
Even after Phoenix tied it late in regulation, the Senators didn't let down, pulling out the two points on Conacher's one-timer on a pass from Marc Methot in the extra period.
Milan Michalek added a pair of assists for Ottawa, which will open its home season Thursday against New Jersey after earning six of a possible 12 points on the road trip.
"We're excited to get home, excited to play our home opener," Spezza said. "We've played six games now and we haven't played at home. We're excited to play in front of our fans, see our families, play in our own arena."
Coming off a five-game road trip, the Coyotes knew they had a tough night ahead of them, expecting to be tired and the Senators to play angry.
Phoenix couldn't match Ottawa's intensity early, but managed to keep it scoreless after an ugly first period and went up 2-0 early in the second on quick goals by Rob Klinkhammer and Radim Vrbata.
The Coyotes responded after Spezza's hat trick, tying it on Mike Ribeiro's first goal with the team, but couldn't finish it off in overtime to end a three-game winning streak.
"What you try to do in a game like that, everyone in your group is contributing a little bit," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said.
"Maybe not to their normal standard, but everybody's got to contribute a little bit. The problem tonight was probably half a dozen guys didn't contribute much at all and that's where you come up a little bit short."