A solid effort in three periods of play just didn't pay off as the Coyotes lost in a shootout.
The Coyotes started off the first period right with a few good rushes on Anaheim. But after former-Jet Teemu Selanne scored six-minutes in, the tilt became a little more leveled. Soon after the Yotes went on the power play thanks to a slash on David Schlemko by Andrew Cogliano. This was the least effective power play of the game with the Coyotes only getting one shot during their two-minute attack. The first period didn't end on the highest note as Keith Yandle was assessed a double-minor for hi-sticking David Winnik as he took a shot on Mike Smith.
Coming into the second, the Yotes killed off the 3:30 left in the Yandle penalty and came out fighting. The next few minutes featured aggressive play by both sides leading to a bloodied Chipchura (no penalty was called) and a tripping call against Anaheim as Sami Vatanen put Rob Klinkhammer on the ice. Just as it looked like a very good power play would go unrewarded, Antoine Vermette scored in the closing seconds, off a deflection sent down the ice by Yandle to tie the game 1-1.
As the third period began, Anaheim found themselves on the PK again for too many men on the ice. The PP was ultimately fruitless but just a minute later, Rostislav Klesla had his first goal of the season and put the Coyotes ahead for the first time in the tilt. Soon thereafter Anaheim went on the power play again as Vermette tripped Dustin Penner, the Dogs kept the Ducks at bay for those two minutes but with just two minutes left in the period Nick Bonino flipped the puck into the net tying the game up. With 60 minutes gone both teams earned a point and went into overtime at a 2-2 tie.
Overtime featured what looked like two fairly tired teams and though both teams gave valiant efforts, it all came down to the shootout. The Coyotes and Ducks went shot for shot with Ribeiro making a near spin-o-rama shot but in the end it was Jakob Silfverberg that closed the deal for Anaheim giving them the win and the all-important second point.
Our Three Stars
1) Antione Vermette: With 76% in the faceoff circle Vermette played a key role in the penalty kills and throughout the game. The goal didn't hurt either.
2) Mike Smith: To say he stood on his head would be more than accurate. Smith had 37 saves on 39 shots, a great performance.
3) Jonas Hiller: With 30 saves and a great shoot out performance Hiller definitely earned the win.
- The Yandle-Morris defensive pair was reunited and helped lead the team in the offensive zone with an assist and six shots between them.
- The Coyotes successfully stopped four power plays including the Keith Yandle double minor and scored on the power play a serious improvement.
- This was the first shootout of the season for the Yotes and the second consecutive overtime loss after having a lead in the game. An OTL still counts for a point but the Coyotes need to start finding ways to stay out of the overtime and win when they end up there.
The Coyotes will be back in Glendale tomorrow for their last game against the Detroit Red Wings. The puck drops at 6 PM.