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Arizona Coyotes @ New York Rangers instant recap: still sluggish in 4-1 loss

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The Arizona Coyotes still had a hard time starting the game early, and it cost them.

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After only taking two shots on goal in the first period against New Jersey, the Arizona Coyotes reaffirmed the importance of getting off to a strong start early.

Well, third time's the charm?

The Arizona Coyotes got off to yet another poor start on offense, and were eventually swallowed up by the New York Rangers, who won 4-1 at Madison Square Garden Thursday night.

Game Summary

1st Period

1-0 Arizona: Max Domi skated the puck into the zone and stopped on a dime. He then found an unmarked Klas Dahlbeck streaking in on the opposite side of the ice, and Dahlbeck rifled one past Henrik Lundqvist at 15:34. Secondary assist to Martin Hanzal.

2nd Period

1-1 Tie: A poor line change leaves Mats Zuccarello wide open on the near side. He streaks in and finds Chris Kreider crashing to the net. Kreider re-directs the puck past a sprawling Smith at 10:06 to even up the score. Secondary assist to Marc Staal.

3rd Period

2-1 New York: Mike Smith makes his first major blunder of the season, going out to play the puck while the Rangers were in the offensive zone. His attempted ring-around is intercepted, and eventually potted by Kevin Hayes at 2:35. Assist to J.T. Miller.

3-1 New York: This was predictable. Keith Yandle on the point on the power play takes a shot. It pinballs off of both Nicklas Grossmann and Connor Murphy before going in. Assists to Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan at 6:24.

4-1 New York: Rick Nash doesn't actually put the puck in the net, but gets the goal anyway as Mikkel Boedker hooked him while Smith was on the bench. Unassisted on the play at 19:17.

Stats

Arizona Coyotes New York Rangers
First Period Shots 5 6
Second Period Shots 14 10
Third Period Shots 16 11
Total Shots 35 27
Power Plays 0 for 3 1 for 3
Faceoff Wins 27 41
Save Percentage .889 .971

Paw Prints

  • For New York's reaction, check out Blueshirt Banter.
  • Arizona opted to go with seven defensemen and 13 forwards.
  • Kyle Chipchura and John Scott were the two that sat out tonight. Matthias Plachta was re-assigned to Springfield earlier in the day.
  • Antoine Vermette left midway through the second period after blocking a shot on the penalty kill. He did not return.
  • Martin Hanzal maintained his team lead with his 9th point on the season. Still looking for his first goal though.
  • Your shot leader on the night was Jordan Martinook with five.

Looking Ahead

Arizona goes North of the Border on Saturday to play the Ottawa Senators. Game time is 4 PM Arizona time.