Vinnie Hinostroza scored the deciding goal in a shootout, Derek Stepan had two goals and the Arizona Coyotes won their fourth straight game with a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Nick Cousins and Alex Galchenyuk both scored in the shootout, then Darcy Kuemper stopped Aleksander Barkov. Hinostroza ended it with some slick stickhandling and a shot that slipped past Roberto Luongo to move the Coyotes within two points of the final Western Conference playoff spot.

The shootout came after a wild finish to regulation and overtime.

Arizona Coyotes center Nick Cousins, left, scores a goal against Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo during the shootout in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Coyotes center Nick Cousins, left, scores a goal against Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo during the shootout in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona blew a third-period lead, but Stepan scored the team’s 13th short-handed goal of the season to tie it with 6½ minutes left. The Coyotes had a chance to win late in regulation, but hit the post three times on one power play.

The Panthers nearly won late in overtime, but Oliver Ekman-Larsson stopped one shot with his skate and Kuemper got his glove up to deflect another while lying on his stomach.

Luongo denied Galchenyuk on a breakaway, then made a nifty glove save on Stepan seconds later.

Arizona Coyotes left wing Lawson Crouse (67) competes with Florida Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk (13) for the puck as Panthers defenseman Ian McCoshen (12) watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Coyotes left wing Lawson Crouse (67) competes with Florida Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk (13) for the puck as Panthers defenseman Ian McCoshen (12) watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona had a 2-1 lead heading into the third on goals by Stepan and Ekman-Larsson.

Jamie McGinn scored midway through the period on a redirect and Barkov scored after a nifty move, using his skate to control Troy Brouwer’s pass before beating Kuemper.

Stepan tied it, toe-dragging the puck before wristing a shot past Luongo.

An injured Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer pauses on the ice during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
An injured Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer pauses on the ice during the second period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Luongo stopped 27 shots in relief of James Reimer, who left early in the second period after appearing to be hit in the head by a stick.

Mike Hoffman also scored for the Panthers.

Kuemper made 24 saves.

Florida Panthers left wing Mike Hoffman (68) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Florida Panthers left wing Mike Hoffman (68) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Reimer was sharp in the first period, but went off 32 seconds into the second when Arizona’s Josh Archibald was pushed from behind and hit him in the mask with his stick.

Stepan scored his first goal from behind the net on a shot that caromed off Luongo’s glove midway through the second.

NOTES: Florida C Jayce Hawryluk went out early in the first period with a right leg injury after a big hit in the corner by Ilya Lyubushkin and did not return. … Ekman-Larsson tied David Babych for third on Arizona’s career list with 321 points. … Panthers D Keith Yandle played in his 777th straight game to pass Craig Ramsay for the fifth-longest streak in NHL history. … Coyotes C Christian Dvorak played his first game of the season after being sidelined with an upper-body injury and a torn pectoral muscle.

Florida Panthers left wing Mike Hoffman (68) passes the puck in front of Arizona Coyotes right wing Mario Kempe (29) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Florida Panthers left wing Mike Hoffman (68) passes the puck in front of Arizona Coyotes right wing Mario Kempe (29) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

UP NEXT

Florida plays at Vegas on Thursday.

Arizona hosts Vancouver on Thursday.

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