[Travis' name is at the top because he got this started, but Jordan provided the commentary, so if you don't like it, email him and complain]
Kyle Turris really turned things on late in tonight's game, but it wasn't quite enough to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in the win column. Down to the the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 to start the third period Turris scored at the 5:45 mark to bring the Coyotes to within 2. That is where it would stay through most of the third until Turris again found the back of the net converting a rebound opportunity from an Oliver Ekman-Larsson shot to cut the deficit to 1 goal with just 2:02 remaining. Right off a dump from the ensuing faceoff, Turris again got involved in the play and forced a Cam Ward turnover to Scottie Upshall, who buried it home to tie the game. The crowd of just under 9,000 went nuts and rocked out until Anton Babchuk scored just past the midway point in OT for the Canes.
Overall, a solid job to steal a point in a game marked by missed opportunities and shoddy defense. Ed Jovanovski, in particular looked sloppy in his own end and the Coyotes had trouble connecting passes out of the defensive zone throughout the second and third periods last night, something they will need to improve upon as the season goes forward. I wouldn't be surprised if we see Sami Lepisto get a few starts over this week's road trip. Credit where credit is due, however, as the Hurricanes exploited these lapses and put the puck in the back of the net.
Ilya Bryzgalov was solid, turning aside 38 of 41 shots including 2 ridiculously good saves robbing streaking Canes players (I can't for the life of me recall who got robbed, but Bryz did his job keeping the Coyotes in this one). Also, Paul Bissonnette did a great job firing up his team and the crowd with a brutal thrashing of Jay Harrison in the second. BizNasty definitely got the crowd fired up, although his team took a little while to get rolling.
Also, the Coyotes rink crew should do some work filing down those goal posts as the Coyotes rung 3 clean shots off the post - 2 in the first period as Taylor Pyatt missed a golden opportunity and then Lee Stempniak(?) rang one off the same post. In the third, OEL (someone needs to give this kid a good nickname quick, btw) beat Ward high glove side only to see it shoot out the other way off the cross bar.
After the jump, our three stars, comment of the night and official game highlights...
Our Three Stars:
1 - Kyle Turris - 2 goals and an assist, buzzed around throughout the third period after limited shifts early in the game, solid effort.
2 - Ilya Bryzgalov - although the players missing are the forwards right now, the defense looked lost out there and Bryz was doing the job to keep them in the game.
3 - Cam Ward (and his goal posts) - the Coyotes controlled play through much of the first period and Ward was equal to the task; he also made a few solid saves in OT before the game winner.
Comment of the Night:
YEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need to step out more often…went to go change my laundry over, and Turris scores.
-MyDearestObsession [I would petition banning MDO from all future GDTs due to the propensity of goals scored while she was doing laundry, but she also was out when the Canes scored in OT, so it's a draw on that regards]
Official Game Highlights:
Coyotes have a busy road week with games Monday in Montreal, Tuesday in Ottawa and Thursday in Detroit - and a bunch aren't on TV (check the Tracks postings for details courtesy of Carl)...I'm setting the over under for points at 3.5. Let's Go 'Yotes!!!