The Arizona Coyotes played another nail-bitter of a game tonight against the Hurricanes after last week's heartbreaking defeat. This time though it was the Coyotes who got a late goal, but it wasn't enough to get the win.
Arizona's anemic play in the first two periods was saved by a great performance in the third, but the Hurricanes still emerged victorious in the overtime.
Five minutes into the game, Jeff Skinner of the Hurricanes has a good chance to score on the breakaway, but is hooked up by Connor Murphy and earns a penalty shot. His attempt though is unsuccessful, as he takes a lot of time before shooting and Anders Lindback manages to poke the puck away.
1-0 CAR goal @ 08:37: Kris Versteeg wrist shot, assisted by Justin Faulk and Elias Lindholm. Lindholm controls the puck behind Lindback's net, and he passes to Justin Faulk at the blueline. Faulk makes a wrist shot and the puck goes through a lot of bodies before finding its way into the net. Versteeg's stick also got in the way, which is why he is credited with the goal. There was not much Lindback could do about that shot.
2-0 CAR goal @ 19:56: Andrej Nestrasil wrist shot on the power play, assisted by Jordan Staal and Brett Pesce. Carolina manages to get a 2-goal lead on the power play with just 4 seconds remaining in the 1st period. Pesce makes a shot that is saved by Lindback, but Staal gets the rebound and makes a great pass to Nestrasil for an easy goal.
3-0 CAR goal @ 15:24: Phillip Di Giuseppe wrist shot, assisted by Jeff Skinner and Jaccob Slavin. Skinner and Di Giuseppe are on a 2 on 1 situation against Klas Dahlbeck. Skinner has possesion, fakes a shot and Dahlbeck falls to block it, making the defenseman unable to block the pass to Di Giuseppe for a beautiful goal.
3-1 ARI goal @ 18:22: Anthony Duclair wrist shot, assisted by Max Domi. The Coyotes finally show some life. Domi makes a steal on Carolina's blueline, moves forward and makes a great pass to Duclair who beats Eddie Lack on a nice wrist shot.
4-1 CAR goal @ 00:40 Justin Faulk slapshot on the power play, assisted by Elias Lindholm and Victor Rask. The Hurricanes finished the 1st period with a power play goal, and entered the 3rd with another one. Faulk fires a long, powerful slapshot that bounces of the post and into the net. This time the goal is all his.
4-2 ARI goal @ 01:43 Anthony Duclair backhand shot, assisted by Viktor Tikhonov and Max Domi. The Coyotes answer right back as the Duke scores again! After a great pass by Tikhonov to Duclair, he beats Noah Hanifin to the race, and as he falls down Duclair makes a backhand shot that slowly leads the puck into the net.
4-3 ARI goal @ 03:23 Kyle Chipchura wrist shot, assisted by Nicklas Grossmann. Arizona is now really back in the game! After Shane Doan managed to keep the play in the offensive zone alive with his effort, the puck gets to Grossmann who makes a slapshot. The puck hits Lack's right pad, Chipchura receives the rebound and scores to make it a one-goal game.
The pace would be frenetic for the rest of the game, with both teams having great scoring chances and hitting the post. Carolina almost scored on the empty net twice before that happened:
4-4 ARI goal @ 19:44: Connor Murphy wrist shot, assisted by Viktor Tikhonov and Anthony Duclair. Following some hard fought battles behind Lack's net, the puck gets to Connor Murphy who ties the game with a wrist shot just seconds before the end of the game! The last time those two teams met, Carolina scored a late goal to win it, but this time Arizona does it to tie it and lead the game into the overtime.
5-4 CAR goal @ 00:53 Victor Rask wrist shot, assisted by Eddie Lack. Carolina's goalie passes the puck to Rask on the right side of center ice, who in turn makes a cut into the middle evading Arizona's defense and makes a wrist shot to beat Lindback and win it for the Hurricanes.
|Carolina Hurricanes||Arizona Coyotes|
|First Period Shots||11||7|
|Second Period Shots||13||8|
|Third Period Shots||8||13|
- For Carolina's perspective, visit Canes Country.
- Shane Doan was finally back tonight for the Coyotes after missing the last nine games with a lower body injury. He recorded minutes of playing time and his positive impact was obvious in plenty of occasions (except an unnecessary penalty late into the second period). He also had a great chance to score late in the first period on the breakaway, but Jordan Staal prevented him from shooting the puck using his stick.
- Anthony Duclair scored his 10th goal of the season tonight, joining Mikkel Boedker and Max Domi as the only Coyotes so far with double digits of goals. He also had an assist for 3 points in total.
- Viktor Tikhonov got his first points since his return to the Coyotes with two assists.
- Zbynek Michalek was a healthy scratch tonight, along with Craig Cunningham and John Scott.
- With tonight's win, the Carolina Hurricanes complete the season series sweep of the Coyotes.
- Attendance: 12,668
The Coyotes will get four needed days of rest before they face the Columbus Blue Jackets at home on Thursday. The game begins at 7:00 PM Arizona time and will be televised on Fox Sports Arizona.