Last night's game was certainly entertaining with the top two Russian goaltenders going head to head and once again they both made some absolutely spectacular saves. They had to with how both were getting peppered with shots left and right. Between the two teams a total of 71 shots in the game and only the 4 goals against Ilya Bryzgalov and Evgeni Nabokov to show for it. While it would have been nice for the Coyotes to be the victors in the end, they were able to fight back from a 2-0 deficit to at least get the pity point. It means we don't close the gap on them for the Pacific, but we did get a little separation from the teams below us with the Kings losing.
Some other quick notes:
Petr Prucha's goal was all because of his own work. He may have deflected it off of a Jovanovski shot, but he did all the setup work fighting for the puck on the forecheck, then getting the puck back off of the defenders. He took a lot of punishment last night before that too but kept battling.
- On Saturday Keith Yandle was able to make up for his gaffes with a quick goal. Last night however he made a bad mistake on the power play that cost us a shorthanded goal. He'll be looking to make up for that one for quite a while. These things have happened a lot less this season, but that one hurt.
- Shane Doan 's goal was a thing of beauty. It's a good example of what happens when you put the puck towards the net. Well that and a little bit of luck. He couldn't have asked for a better bounce than that.
- Overall the defensive effort by the team as a whole was good, just a lapse and one good bounce that the Sharks were able to bury.
Now we get to come back home against the Canucks where we've been great of late. so let's go for #10 in a row at home.