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Arizona Coyotes @ Toronto Maple Leafs instant recap: power play powers the way

The Arizona Coyotes secured two early power play goals, and went on to win 4-3 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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On a night celebrating young and old, new and familiar, the Arizona Coyotes got a much needed early jump from two very important faces.

Both the current face of the franchise and his heir apparent scored first period power play goals en route to a

Scoring Recap

First Period

1-0 Arizona: You kind of knew this was going to happen. Max Domi snuck a sweet wrist shot past James Reimer from near the top of the faceoff circle, thanks in large part to a Martin Hanzal screen. Assists to Michael Stone and Hanzal on the power play tally at 6:31.

1-1 Tie: The Leafs got their own goal off the faceoff, as Shawn Matthias potted his first of the season off a scramble around the net. Brad Boyes picked up the lone assist on the goal at 13:08.

2-1 Arizona: The Coyotes scored again on the power play, after an Oliver Ekman-Larsson wrist shot missed the net. Mikkel Boedker was in the right position to get his stick on the rebound, and he fed Shane Doan, who made no mistake on a gaping net. Assists to Boedker and OEL on the power play goal at 14:59.

Second Period

3-1 Arizona: The Antoine Vermette to Chicago loan paid dividends again, as Klas Dahlbeck teed a shot up from above the face-off dot. Reimer was caught cheating, and the Coyotes took a two goal lead. Assists to Kyle Chipchura and Steve Downie at 7:38.

Third Period

4-1 Arizona: Kyle Chipchura plays give-and-go with Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who splits the Toronto defense. Reimer makes the initial save, but Chipchura stopped short of the net and capitalized on the rebound to get his first goal of the year. Assists to OEL and Mikkel Boedker at the 7:00 mark.

4-2 Arizona: Toronto gets the goal back thanks to a mistimed pinch by Zbynek Michalek and a funky bounce off of the boards in the Toronto end. James van Riemsdyk breaks in all alone, and finishes with a forehand-backhand move. Lone assist to Nazem Kadri at 9:05.

4-3 Arizona: Morgan Rielly is going to be a good defenseman in the NHL for a long-time. While skating six on five, Reilly's snap shot sneaks through traffic and past Smith. Assists to Dion Phaneuf and Nazem Kadri at 17:34.

Stats of the Game

Arizona Coyotes Toronto Maple Leafs
First Period Shots 8 8
Second Period Shots 11 5
Third Period Shots 5 14
Total Shots 24 27
Power Plays 2 for 4 0 for 2
Faceoff Wins 39 26
Save Percentage .889 .833

Paw Prints

  • Visit Pension Plan Puppets for reaction from the Toronto perspective.
  • Antoine Vermettte missed his second consecutive game after sitting out in Ottawa.
  • Tyler Gaudet made his season debut for the Coyotes after getting the call-up from AHL Springfield late yesterday.
  • Martin Hanzal appeared to score a goal at the 11:21 mark of the first period, but the play was waved off due to a high stick. It would have been Hanzal's first goal of the year.
  • On a similar note, Hanzal did not take a shift after the first period. He was ruled out with a lower body injury for the remainder of the game.
  • With Hanzal's injury, every other Coyote played over ten minutes. The shortest time on the ice was Steve Downie with 10:02.
  • The Coyotes temporarily took the Pacific Division lead with 11 points after the win. Arizona did not lead the Pacific Division at any point last season.

Looking Ahead

The Coyotes have very little time to lick their wounds, as they head to Boston to play the Bruins on Tuesday night. Puck drops at 4 PM Arizona time.