A game so nice, they played it twice.
Well, not quite the same game but it was eerily similar nevertheless. The Coyotes won 5-4 in a shootout but the similarities did not stop there. The teams combined to score eight goals for the second night in a row. Not only that, but they scored them in the exact same order: ANA, PHX, PHX, ANA, ANA, PHX, ANA, PHX.
The 71-shots-on-goal game saw goals scored at even strength, power play and short-handed and by both forwards and defensemen. It was also a milestone night as Shane Doan, Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle all hit career milestones (details below).
The Coyotes survived the opening minute of the game, but could not score first. Mid-way through the first, Matt Beleskey slapped in a Ryan Getzlaf pass to give the Ducks the 1-0 lead. Phoenix earned its first power play of the series in the opening period but could not convert.
Phoenix got on the board early in the second period, scoring 59 seconds into the period. Antoine Vermette tapped in a loose puck in the crease to tie the game at one. The Yotes converted their third power play of the game as Keith Yandle slapped a point shot past a screened Hiller to give the Yotes a 2-1lead. "Anytime you can score on the power play it's good momentum for the team," Yandle said. Unfortunately for the Desert Dogs, they couldn't keep the momentum on their next power play. Getzlaf tied the game with just eight seconds remaining in the second period as he wristed a short-handed goal past Smith. A poor pass by Yandle resulted in another late period goal against the Coyotes.
Goals galore! Corey Perry put the Ducks back on top with a power play goal less than two minutes into the third period. Perry tipped in a Getzlaf pass for his sixth of the season. The Coyotes answered right back when Shane Doan scored a goal, and his 800th career point, 11 seconds later. A poor pass by Rusty Klesla resulted in a Bobby Ryan goal as the game continued to open up in the third. The goals kept on coming as Michael Stone tied the game at four just 1:18 after Ryan's goal.
While the over time period saw several scoring chances for each team, no goal was scored and it was on to the shootout for the second game in a row. It took five shooters but the Coyotes pulled out the victory once again by winning the shootout 2-1. Steve Sullivan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored (in nearly the same spot; high glove) for Phoenix while Getzlaf scored for Anaheim.
- Chris Brown made his NHL debut tonight and played 6:52.
- A Ducks player hit the center ice scoreboard in the first period while attempting to clear the puck.
- Yandle's goal was his 200th career point.
- Vermette's goal was the 150th goal of his career.
- Doan scored his 324th career goal passing Keith Tkachuk for sole possession of second place on the Coyotes all-time goal scorers list.
- The Coyotes now have 30 goals in the third period this season.
Five For Winning
1. Don't get caught up in trash talk. Things got a bit chippy at the end of Game 1. The Coyotes need to stay calm and not take any dumb penalties. The Coyotes stayed out of the box until the third period where two penalties behind their own net resulted in one kill and one Anaheim power play goal.
2. Speed. The fact is, three of the four goals scored by the Coyotes on Saturday were by two of their fastest skaters, Lauri Korpikoski and Matthew Lombardi. The Ducks defense appeared to struggle to keep pace when the Coyotes weren't stationary. Speed will also help with the next item. The Coyotes looked like the faster team when the Ducks' first line was off the ice. Neither Korpi nor Lombo scored a goal but the Coyotes got contributions from Vermette, Doan, Stone and Yandle.
3. Draw penalties. The Coyotes didn't have a single power play in Game 1. The Ducks have one of the weak penalty kills in the league (75.7%) which the Yotes should look to exploit. Phoenix drew the first four penalties of the game and scored on one of them. It was a far cry for the zero power play chances of game one.
4. Replay Saturday's 3rd period. Puck possession and shots. Rinse. Repeat. The third period was all over the place for the Coyotes as they scored and allowed two goals.
5. Keep Ducks top line in check. Even though the Ducks scored 4 goals on Saturday, none of them came from the Ducks first line on Saturday night. The Ducks' top line was involved in the first three goals of the game for Anaheim. Their first line made up for their shortcomings from Saturday.
Our Three Stars Of The Game
1. Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Two assists plus the game winning shootout goal for the young super-Swede.
2. Ryan Getzlaf: Three points including a goal and the Ducks' only shootout goal. Solid night for the Anaheim captain.
3. Kyle Chipchura: Two assists, three hits and a +2 rating. Chipchura continues to be one of the Coyotes' best players night after night.
The Coyotes will play Ducks yet again, this time in Anaheim on Wednesday. It will be a late start time as puck drop is schedule for 8 p.m. Arizona time.