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New York Rangers @ Arizona Coyotes instant recap: Smith gets shellacked

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Mike Smith and the Arizona Coyotes are beaten 4-1 by the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

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So much for consistency.

The Arizona Coyotes lost 4-1 to the New York Rangers Saturday night at Gila River Arena. Mike Smith was pulled midway through the second period as the Coyotes fell to 6-6-1.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 New York - Dan Girardi's point shop was tipped past Mike Smith by Jesper Fast for his second goal of the season roughly 30 seconds after the Coyotes killed off a Michael Stone penalty. Lone assist to Girardi on the goal at 8:00.

Second Period

2-0 New York - A brutal turnover by Shane Doan turned into a bad goal by Mike Smith. J.T. Miller gave New York a two goal lead by bouncing the puck in off his skate (unintentionally, of course). Assists to Chris Kreider and Dan Boyle on the goal at 2:07.

3-0 New York - For the second time in three games, Mike Smith's night ended early. Chris Kreider skated in on Michael Stone, and took a shot that Smith simply should have had but didn't. The lone assist went to Derek Stepan as Anders Lindback stepped in at 5:36.

4-0 New York - The Rangers poured it on in the second period. Kevin Hayes tagged Anders Lindback for a power play goal thanks to a Brad Richardson high-stick double minor. Assists to former Coyotes Keith Yandle and Oscar Lindberg on the goal at 13:26.

Third Period

4-1 New York - Shane Doan and the Arizona Coyotes spoiled the shut-out for Antti Raanta while simultaneously getting a much needed power play goal. It came far too late in the third period to be anything but a moral victory for the Coyotes. Assists to Kyle Chipchura and Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the power play tally at 19:55.

Stat Report

New York Rangers Arizona Coyotes
First Period Shots 14 13
Second Period Shots 10 9
Third Period Shots 6 18
Total Shots 30 40
Power Plays 1 for 4 1 for 4
Faceoff Wins 28 34
Save Percentage .975 .867

Paw Prints

  • For the New York perspective, check out Blueshirt Banter.
  • Antoine Vermette was ruled out of this game early yesterday. Stefan Elliott and John Scott were also scratched. Rick Nash did not play for New York.
  • Tonight marked the second time in the past three games that Mike Smith was pulled midway through the game.
  • Nicklas Grossmann left during the second period with an injury, and did not return during the game.
  • Martin Hanzal appeared to have scored his first goal of the season, but the goal was waved off for being played with a high stick.
  • With a very late assist, OEL now has five helpers in his past six games.
  • Attendance: 13,029

Looking Ahead

The Coyotes begin a two game road back-to-back in Anaheim on Monday night. Game time is at 8 PM Arizona time.