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Columbus Blue Jackets @ Arizona Coyotes instant recap: Off to a bad start

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Things looked okay for a while but then quickly got out of hand.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The first Arizona Coyotes game with Anders Lindback as the starting goaltender did not go as planned with a 7-5 loss at home to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1­-0 Columbus. Not even a minute in the game a turnover costs the Coyotes, as Jordan Martinook attempts to clear the puck leads to the Blue Jackets bringing the puck back into the Coyotes zone. A pass from Scott Hartnell and a drop pass from Alexander Wennberg perfectly set up Brandon Saad in front of the Coyotes net for the first goal, 58 seconds in.

2-0 Columbus. Kevin Connauton executed a simple dump in that neither Lindback nor Oliver Ekman-Larsson were able to properly play. Cam Atkinson gets the puck and passes to Matt Calvert who is alone in front of the net just like Saad for Columbus' second of the night.

2-1 Columbus. Midway through the first Antoine Vermette picks up the puck behind Columbus' net after some board battles. He goes for the wrap around only for Mcelhinney to block the first attempt but he grabs his own rebound and scoring on the shot.

Second Period

2-2 Tie. Arizona is on the power play after a hold penalty on Scott Hartnell. Late in the power play Michael Stone has the puck at the point and fires a shot towards the night. Jordan Martinook is acting as screen a gets a whack at it, pulling Curtis McElhinney out of the net, but Viktor Tikhonov comes in and shoots the puck into a wide open cage for his first goal of the season.

3-2 Arizona. Its the Coyotes turn to score off a dump in. OEL sends the puck in and Vermette recovers the puck along the boards as Columbus falls back. Vermette passes to Reider who is alone in front of the night to give the Yotes their first lead of the night.

3-3 Tie. Saad gets the puck in deep in the Coyotes zone forcing Michael Stone to clear the puck from behind the net. Unfortunately the pass goes back to Saad who sends the puck over to Alexander Wennberg who taps it in to tie the game.

4-3 Columbus. After a McElhinney save Atkinson recovers the rebound and it takes it 3 on 3 deep into the Coyotes zone. Tired players definitely prevented the team from getting back but Atkinson scores a goal from one of the faceoff circles, chasing Lindback from the net.

4-4 Tie. Shane Doan gets the puck in deep from the point for Jordan Martinook to recover behind the net. Martinook goes for a fairly simple wrap around which makes it past McElhinney giving the Coyotes the lead.

5-4 Columbus. Brandon Saad strips Doan of the puck as the Coyotes enter the Columbus zone and passes the puck back to a waiting Nick Foligno. Foligno walks in, practically alone, and scores giving the Blue Jackets a major advantage as the third draws to an end.

Third Period

6-4 Columbus. The Blue Jackets get the puck into the Coyotes zone as Scott Harnell and Boone Jenner pass the puck back and forth to each other. Hartnell passes to David Clarkson, who is speeding through down the middle, who shoots it home past Domingue.

6-5 Columbus. Mikkel Boedker intercepts in the Columbus zone and passes the puck to Reider. Reider backhands it towards the net, only to have it hit the wall and get picked up by Nicklas Grossmann Grossmann throws the puck on net and Reider picks up the rebound for his second goal of the night and eighth on the season.

7-5 Columbus. The Coyotes pulled Domingue and are deep in the Columbus zone hoping to tie up the game. Columbus recovers the puck and passes it up to Brandon Dubinsky who skates up to center ice and scores Columbus' insurance goal on the evening.

Stat Report

Columbus Blue Jackets Arizona Coyotes
First Period Shots 7 6
Second Period Shots 7 12
Third Period Shots 7 14
Total Shots 21 32
Power Plays 0 for 1 1 for 3
Faceoff Wins 29 30
Save Percentage .844 Lindback .600
Domingue .800


Paw Prints

  • For the Columbus perspective, check out The Cannon.
  • The Coyotes played a fairly disciplined game penalty wise. Their two penalties came when Klas Dahlbeck took a boarding call midway through the first period and John Scott took a fighting major late in the second.
  • Anthony Duclair was scratched for illness and did not play. Zbynek Michalek was also scratched.
  • Late in the game McElhinney went out to challenge Max Domi and Domi ended up crashing into him, knocking his helmet off. McElhinney appeared fine after the play.
  • Stick tap to Jeffrey Sanders but the Coyotes five goals in a game is a season high.
  • Attendance: 11,120

Looking Ahead

The Coyotes can't focus too much on this, as they will be back in action against the New York Islanders on Saturday at home.