It seems as though the younger guys the Coyotes sent on the road trip to LA and Anaheim are the ones that actually know that shots turn into goals if you get enough of them. The Coyotes Finished the game with 47 shots on goal through 3 periods plus the overtime. Most times last year getting over 20 in a game was an accomplishment for our team. Sure it's the preseason, but with Keith Yandle taking 7 SOG and Chad Kolarik adding another 8, that says good things about players getting open and being willing to take a chance. Sure, we need more of that volume to find the back of the net most nights, but taking the shots is a good start. Kolarik ended up with one of the Coyotes' two goals and Yandle assisted on the other. Other players that seemed to have good nights: Sami Lepisto at up nearly 25 minutes of Ice time and was a +1, Kevin Porter also got an assist and recorded 21 minutes of ice time.
Jason LaBarbera had a decent night, stopping 28 of 30 shots against him. He did not, however have a good time in the shootout. LaBarbera was badly out played on both shots he faced while the Coyotes were unable to convert. I can safely say that I'm uncomfortable with the thought of him in net for a shoot out for the rest of this year (until he proves me wrong.)
The Ducks two goals were both off the stick of Bobby Ryan. Dan Sexton assisted on both goals as well.In the shootout Ryan scored again along with Joffery Lupol to win the game.
Ulf Sammuelson made the trip to Anaheim from Phoenix to coach the game as Wayne Gretzky still isn't with the team as the bankruptcy mess gets straightened out.