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Boston Bruins @ Arizona Coyotes: Instant Recap

All American Hero Joe Vitale plays to win, gets concussed and Coyotes lose

Joe Vitale's night served as a microcosm of how the Coyotes' night went.
Joe Vitale's night served as a microcosm of how the Coyotes' night went.
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Scoring Summary

1st Period

1-0 Arizona: After 2 minutes and 12 seconds the Coyotes took the lead thanks to Shane Doan's first goal of the season. The goal came when Murphy shot the puck from the point after a good keep in. The ensuing scramble at the front of the net, courtesy of Joe Vitale, enabled Doan to sneak the rebound past Tuukka Rask. The goal was Doan's 900th career point in the NHL. The goal was formally unassisted.

2nd Period

1-1 Tie: Coyotes couldn't get the puck past the neutral zone and Tyler Randell scored on the backhand for the Bruins with 11.18 left. The Coyotes appeared sleepy on the play. Mike Smith got a piece of it, but with the shot count heavily favoring the Bruins by this point in the game, Coyotes' fans were not surprised by the goal. Assists go to David Krejcii and Torey Krug.

2-1 Boston: With 5.57 remaining in the second, the Coyotes went back on the penalty kill after Brad Richardson closed his hand on the puck in the Coyotes offensive end. The Coyotes got a 2 on 1 opportunity short-handed, with Tobias Rieder and Martin Hanzal, but Rask makes the save on a Hanzal one timer. The Bruins turned around and took the puck hard to the net which forced a mad scramble in front of the Coyotes' net and Smith. The Coyotes cleared it, but only to the blue-line, where it was shot back in by David Krejci and into the net while Smith appeared out of position holding his stick upside down. Assists go to Torey Krug and Loui Eriksson.

3rd Period

3-1 Boston: Brad Marchand slipped behind the Coyotes defenders during an Arizona powerplay and found himself on a breakaway. He went in 1 on 1 with Smith and beat him on the backhand. This is the third short handed goal the Coyotes have given up this season, highlighting what I believe is a weakness on the powerplay's point. Marchand is assisted by Tommy Cross and Patrice Bergeron.

3-2 Boston:  Coyotes immediately responded to the short handed goal with Tobias Rieder scoring a powerplay goal. The goal is Rieder's third for the season and he collected it on the backhand after picking up his own rebound from a backhand shot seconds earlier. Assists go to Doan and Stone.

3-3 Tie: Chipura scored on an empty net after the Coyotes control the play in their offensive zone thanks to some handy work by Michael Stone. Rask and his Bostonian defenders are pulled out of position trying to protect the net from rebounds, leaving Chiphura open to slot it home with a wide open net. Doan gets another assist while Oliver Ekman-Larsson gets his first point of the night

4-3 Boston: Boston scored on the powerplay again after some excellent puck movement. Bergeron redirected the puck off a Ryan Spooner shot from the boards. Krejci also picked up another assist on the goal. The lamp that is the hope of Coyotes' fans begins to dimmer.

5-3 Boston: After a poorly timed interference penalty to Kyle Chipchura, the Coyotes had to spend a further 2 minutes playing down a man. Things looked grim regardless of whether or not Boston scored on the powerplay again as there would have only been 51 seconds left on the clock for an even strength opportunity. Regardless, Bergeron found himself on the wing with time after entering his offensive zone and ripped the puck between Connor Murphy's legs and beat Smith over his right shoulder. Smith appeared to be screened by Murphy on the play. Assists go to Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller.

Shots & Other Stats

Boston Bruins Arizona Coyotes
First Period Shots 14 6*
Second Period Shots 19 4
Third Period Shots 10 13
Total Shots 43 23
Power Plays 3/6 1/4
Faceoff Wins 29 31
Save Percentage .870 .884

*The same number of shots for the first period in the Coyotes' loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

3 Stars of the Game - Brought to you by the Coyotes Broadcast Team

1st Star - Shane Doan (ARI) with 1 goal and 2 assists for 3 points as well as his 900th NHL career point.

2nd Star - David Krejci (BOS) with 1 goal and 2 assists for 3 points as well as helping the Bruins take control of the match.

3rd Star - Patrice Bergeron (BOS) with 2 goals for 2 points as well as crushing Arizona's dreams.

Paw Prints

  • For the Boston perspective, check out Stanley Cup of Chowder.
  • "Joey V stirring the pot in Glendale" - Jordan Martinook sat the game with a day-to-day lower body injury and Joe Vitale took his place on the left wing of the third line. Vitale was exceptionally energetic in the first period and was partially responsible for the Coyotes' first period goal.
  • Stefan Elliott was scratched for the third straight game.
  • Antoine Vermette returned to the ice against Boston after leaving the game against Minnesota in the second period with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
  • The defensive pairings were mixed up for this game. Ekman-Larsson played with Zbynek Michalek while Klas Dahlbeck was paired with Michael Stone
  • While serving his 5 minutes for fighting Kevan Miller, Vitale went down to the rooms due to a potential concussion from the fight. He did not return for the remainder of the game.
  • The Coyotes managed only 6 shots in the first period and followed it up with 4 shots in the second, not exactly a recipe for winning.
  • For the second game in a row the Coyotes started slowly and only really woke up in the 3rd. While only a two-game trend currently, it is still concerning and needs to be remedied before 2015-16 starts looking like 2014-15.
  • Tonight's game was the first game in which both Max Domi and Anthony Duclair both went without points. Neither had a negative +/-, but tonight serves as a good reminder that they are in fact only human.
  • Attendance: 13,441

Looking Ahead

Arizona have a two day break before traveling to New Jersey to take on the Devils for the start of a 5 game road trip on the east coast. Puck drop is at 4.00pm local Arizona time and can be watched on Fox Sports Arizona.