One half of the Arizona Coyotes roster rolled down the 5 into the Honda Center on Tuesday, looking to build on shootout loss against the Los Angeles Kings the night before. And build they did, downing the Anaheim Ducks 4-0.
The Coyotes opened the scoring eight minutes in when Lucas Lessio beat Anaheim goaltender John Gibson with a wrister after a feed from Alexandre Bolduc.
Things get chippy right after the goal as John Kurtz went toe to toe with Eric Selleck, while seconds later Tim Jackman and Krys Barch dropped the gloves, with fighting penalties for all. Additionally, Barch and Jackman drew game misconducts for starting a second fight.
A Ducks minor penalty shortly after the fisticuffs would give the Coyotes another goal in the opening period. With Nate Thompson off for elbowing, the Coyotes power play pounced as David Moss put one past Gibson on a deflected shot at 10:34.
Despite another penalty a piece, neither team was able to score again before the end of the period, with Coyotes netminder Louis Domingue making a stellar save on an Andrew O'Brien tip-in attempt with under a minute to play in the first.
The second period featured a definite response from the Ducks, outshooting the Coyotes 18-11, with sustained pressure coming during a power play that saw Bolduc off for hooking at the eight minute mark.
The Coyotes did not wither under the pressure, however, and extended their lead to 3-0 with a Justin Hodgman backhander at 14:34. Despite a smattering of penalties and scoring chances for both teams, this is where the score would remain entering the third period.
Marek Langhamer would replace Domingue in net for the third, after the latter stopped all 28 shots he faced in the first two periods. Though Anaheim continued to pressure the Yotes in the final period, they were unable to stop the bleeding as Hodgman tallied his second of the evening with under 30 seconds to go to seal a 4-0 Coyotes victory.
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- Despite being outshot 36-29, the Coyotes held the Ducks scoreless, in no small part thanks to the play of Domingue and Langhamer.
- Connor Murphy led all Coyotes with 22:43 of ice time, anchoring the defense.
- The Coyotes offensive attack was well balanced, with only two players not registering a shot on goal.
Three Stars of the Game
- Justin Hodgman - Two goals and spent over four minutes of his ice time on the power play.
- Louis Domingue - Faced 28 shots in two periods without giving up a goal.
- David Moss - Chipped in a goal and an assist.
The other half of the Coyotes roster plays the Calgary Flames in a matinee matchup starting at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the NHL Network.