That was a really emotional game of hockey. In a moment when every Arizona Coyotes fan in the world was still trying to process every event that had transpired earlier on, Shane Doan completed a hat-trick with only a few seconds remaining to close out the game.
The story though isn't the fact that the Captain scored a hat trick. That third goal was good enough for Doan to tie Dale Hawerchuk for most goals in franchise history with 379. We all wish that this goal would have been more meaningful for the Coyotes, but this amazing accomplishment shouldn't be overshadowed. Shane Doan has done a lot for this franchise, and tonight was just another reminder.
Regarding everything that happened before this moment, the Coyotes fell victims of their lethargic PK and a couple of ugly goals. As a result, the game was lost despite the solid offensive performance. Let's get into more detail:
1-0 CHI goal @ 06:21: Duncan Keith slapshot on the power play, assisted by Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa. After some great power play defending by the Coyotes that even generated a promising shorthanded chance, the Blackhawks manage to score on their first shot on goal. Kane drove in the offensive zone without much pressure from the defending Michael Stone, passed backwards to Keith who wasted no time putting the puck behind Anders Lindback.
2-0 CHI goal @ 07:36: Artem Anisimov redirection on the power play, assisted by Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane. Another power play, another goal for Chicago in just a minute. This time it didn't take as long to capitalize, as Seabrook fired a slapshot after 40 seconds that also hit Anisimov before finding the back of the net.
2-1 ARI goal @ 10:18: Shane Doan wrist shot, assisted by Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Michael Stone. It might have taken a lucky bounce, but the Coyotes got back in the game. Seconds after an Arizona power play expires, Doan flicked the puck in the air in front of Corey Crawford. It was just enough to skip over Crawford's outstretched glove hand and in.
2-2 ARI goal @ 12:07: Zbynek Michalek wrist shot, assisted by Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Craig Cunningham. What a game this was in one period! OEL controlled the puck behind Crawford's net and found the open Michalek, who scored on a great wrist shot.
3-2 CHI goal @ 19:08: Artemi Panarin slapshot on the power play, assisted by Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith. 13 seconds in, Panarin scored with a slapshot that left Lindback wondering where the puck was, similar to the second Chicago goal. The scorers of the other two goals were credited with the assist. That makes 3 goals in just 5 shots on target for the Blackhawks.
4-2 CHI goal @ 01:59: Andrew Desjardins wrist shot, assisted by Teuvo Teravainen and Phillip Danault. Lindback was pulled for the start of the second period in favor of Louis Domingue, after stopping fewer than half of the shots he faced. Domingue though allowed a soft goal pretty quickly. Desjardins made a relatively weak mid-range shot , but the recently recalled goalie was unable to stop the puck with his glove and it went right underneath his pad.
5-2 CHI goal @ 13:48: Patrick Kane wrist shot, assisted by Andrew Shaw and Erik Gustafsson. The inability of the defense to clear the puck away from danger kept the play alive for the Blackhawks, and ultimately Shaw managed to pass it across to Kane from the corner for an easy goal in front of an empty net.
6-2 CHI goal @ 05:04: Andrew Desjardins wrist shot, unassisted. Domingue made a great save on an unopposed Desjardins, but unfortunately the puck bounced off the incoming Niklas Grossmann and ended up in the net. Luck has clearly abandoned the Arizona side, and now the score margin seems to be getting out of reach.
6-3 ARI goal @ 07:17: Shane Doan wrist shot on the power play, assisted by Tobias Rieder and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The Coyotes show some life by scoring a power play goal of their own. OEL controlled the puck at the point, passed it to Doan, and his wrist shot was good for his second goal of the night.
6-4 ARI goal @ 13:03: Connor Murphy slapshot assisted by Tobias Rieder and Michael Stone. After two shots that hit the goalpost in a few seconds by Duclair and Domi, Murphy did the same. This time, the puck went into the net. The Coyotes are now suddenly back in the game.
7-4 CHI goal @ 18:21: Jonathan Toews shorthanded empty net goal, assisted by Teuvo Teravainen and Duncan Keith. The Coyotes didn't back down and kept pushing for more goals, but they weren't able to mount a miraculous comeback. After the pain that was inflicted on Michalek and Ekman-Larsson, Toews' goal on the empty net while Arizona was on the power play sealed the deal.
7-5 ARI goal @ 19:32: Shane Doan slapshot, assisted by Mikkel Boedker and Tobias Rieder. The Captain completes his hat trick on a 5-3 situation and becomes the co-leader of most goals scored in franchise history!
|Chicago Blackhawks||Arizona Coyotes|
|First Period Shots||5||12|
|Second Period Shots||17||14|
|Third Period Shots||7||11|
- For the Chicago perspective, visit Second City Hockey.
- Senator John McCain, a well known Coyotes fan, was a part of the ceremonial puck drop.
- Anders Lindback had a .400 save percentage before being pulled out of the game (2 saves - 5 SOG).
- Laurent Dauphin made his debut tonight for the Coyotes after being recalled from the Springfield Falcons, posting 9:20 of playing time.
- Zbynek Michalek was the receiver of a very hard shoulder hit from Marian Hossa on the chin, 2:30 before the end of the game. He would stay down for a while seemingly in much pain before fortunately standing up and leaving the ice.
- Seconds later, OEL gets cross-checked by Anisimov and hurts himself on the fall. He would not finish the game.
- That was the second time this season that the Coyotes scored 5 goals. Remarkably, they've lost both of those games by the same score (the other one was against Columbus).
- With his hat trick tonight, Shane Doan has tied Dale Hawerchuk for most goals in franchise history with 379. Incidentally, that was just the second hat trick of his career.
- Attendance: 17,197
The Coyotes will host the Winnipeg Jets on the last day of the year. That game is at 7:00 PM Arizona time.