The Phoenix Coyotes were playing the Dallas Stars for the number one spot in the Pacific Division, but were unfortunately they were unable to capitalize in the shootout to get the important second point. The Coyotes did not lose in regulation against the Stars this season which is something positive to take away from this season. The Yotes had problems from the start, they let in an early goal which Mike Smith should have stopped but they were able to answer back with a goal from Lauri Korpikoski. Dallas scored twice in the second with two goals from Michael Ryder, one of which was a power play goal, and the Yotes had to rally back in the third with a short handed goal from Oliver Ekman-Larsson and a power play goal from Ray Whitney.
During the second period a big fight erupted after Shane Doan elbowed Jamie Benn in the head. This lead to three fights, with Doan, Brenden Morrow, Steve Ott, Raffi Torres, Trevor Daley and Rostislav Klesla all getting involved in the skirmish resulting in 64 penalty minutes and 4 misconducts. There is a very good chance that this will result in some further disciplinary action against Doaner.
Steve Ott was his usual annoying self on the ice. He seemed to be targeting Klesla the entire game and at one point Paul Bissonnette attempted to drop the gloves with him. Ott refused to fight Bissonnette, and it is entirely possible that his refusal to fight contributed to the big skirmish and the increased physical play for the rest of the game between the two teams.
The shootout was not one of the Coyotes best performances. Smitty went all or nothing with attempting to poke check the puck away from Mike Ribeiro, and he missed leading to the only goal of the shootout. Mikkel Boedker had a good chance but couldn't capitalize but Whitney and Doan look good.
Kari Lehtonen looked great this game, he stopped everyone in the shootout and at one point he made a save against OEL where he kicked the puck out of the air. He was definitely displaying skill tonight but there was a little bit of luck too, there were a couple of times where the puck was flying around the crease and didn't manage to go in.
Five For Winning
With this loss the Coyotes are going to have to do everything they can to win the next few games. This game was going to be a buffer, but walking out with only points the Yotes are going to have to work exceptionally hard to get every point they can to get into the playoffs.
Feel free to comment below, talk about the Doan elbow, the shootout, Ott being a (insert your own noun ere), anything really.