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Arizona Coyotes lose fourth straight after 4-1 loss on Broadway

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Second verse same as the first, as the eastern road trip continues. Slow starts and mistakes suggest that the hot start may have been a fluke.

He just wants the puck...
He just wants the puck...
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The Arizona Coyotes still looked sluggish in the second game of the road trip. The game didn't feel as doomed at the start like New Jersey though, but Arizona still fell to the New York Rangers by a final of 4-1.

Game Summary

First Period

Once again the Coyotes were off to a slow start. The Drama also started early yesterday evening. A goal review coming at 10:08 did help kill the Rangers momentum for at least the rest of the period. This time it only took 14:46 into the game to get a shot on goal.

The lone Coyotes goal of the night went to Klas Dahlbeck with an assist from Max Domi and Martin Hanzal. Domi was able to get the puck to an open Dahlbeck who was able to beat Lundqvist short side.

Second Period

In the second period things went about as well as they did in the first. The Rangers tied it up at 10:06 on a goal from Chris Kreider (because of course) and in the process of a penalty kill late in the 2nd period, the Coyotes lost Antoine Vermette. After the game was over Dave Tippett said that he is day-to-day with a lower body injury.

The Coyotes were able to stay closer in shots than they have in games recently but it takes a lot of rubber to get anything past Lundqvist. Good road period but they need to keep up the pressure.

Third Period

At 2:35 Mike Smith proved yet again why he needs to be kiddie leashed to his net. The second Rangers goal was on a misplay of the puck by Smith. He had no support from the defense or the wingers and that was the easiest goal of Kevin Hayes' life up to this point.

The Rangers third goal, a power play goal at 6:24, was a bad bounce that hit Nicklas Grossmann and Connor Murphy and into the back of the net. Smith had no chance with that. And of course it was former Coyote Keith Yandle who was credited with that goal.

The Coyotes did try to push back but penalties and aggressive defensive play from the Rangers, they couldn’t generate a comeback. The fourth goal didn’t even go into the net. Rick Nash started to go towards the empty net and Mikkel Boedker hooked him causing them to call goal without the puck actually going into the net at 19:17.


Stats of the Game

Arizona Coyotes

New York Rangers

First Period Corsi Events

8

18

Second Period Corsi Events

20

19

Third Period Corsi Events

35

28

Total Corsi Events

52

49

If you're curious what it looks like in graph form...

Corsi ARI NYR

The Coyotes faceoff percentage of 40% doesn't really show how bad they were in the dot tonight; Arizona had 28 face off wins. The Rangers had 42, so take that as you will.

Three Stars of the Game

1st Star- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 of 35 shots and had a save percentage of .971%. He continues to be one of the most consistent goalies in the NHL.

2nd Star- Mats Zuccarello had a good night with two assists and two shots at 17:18 of ice time. Considering the season ending injury he had last year, I am very glad he is doing as well as he is.

3rd Star- Klas Dahlbeck- First goal as a Coyote, second NHL goal with 17:06 of ice time. He had one shot, five hits and blocked two shots.

Takeaways

- Smith’s turnover that lead to the Ranger’s second goal is a bit curious. After the game Smith was quoted "I heard someone calling for it and it ended up not being one of our guys." which brings into question: do the Coyotes have a specific way of calling for the puck or was he just not paying attention to who was calling for it? Yandle was on the ice for that goal and if I was into conspiracies I would say maybe it was him calling for it but no, it was JT Miller who got the puck from Smith.

- Duclair did have a great chance on Lundqvist while he was down and out, but The King is The King and The Duke will have to wait two weeks before trying to score on his old team again.

- Slow starts are going to be killers for the Coyotes. In the last few games they have not had any shots on goal in the first fifteen minutes of play. They are not going to get very far if that keeps happening.

- Mikkel Boedker is no longer on point on the power play and there were no shorthanded goals allowed, so at least there is an improvement.

Looking Ahead

The Coyotes head to Ottawa to play the Senators at 4 PM on Saturday the 24th. Heads up fans in Arizona, this game will be radio only unless you have NHL Gamecenter Live or Center Ice.