The Coyotes payed once again for their defensive mistakes, falling to the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 on a very late power play goal. An uninspiring goalie performance by Anders Lindback also didn't make the situation any better. Arizona should have really won that game, or at least earn a point in the overtime.
1-0 ARI goal @ 00:49: Tobias Rieder snapshot, assisted by Stefan Elliott and Anthony Duclair. The Coyotes have a great start to the game, scoring in the first minute. Elliot receives the puck at the blueline from Duclair and makes a long shot that is saved by Cam Ward. Rieder though is at the right spot to pick the rebound and score an easy goal.
1-1 CAR goal @ 02:18: Kris Versteeg wrist shot, unassisted. Carolina answers right back. As Arizona's defense is unable to clear the puck, it bounces off Stone and goes to Versteeg with his back on the net. He turns around to shoot and score, with Lindback getting a piece of the puck but being unable to hold it.
2-1 ARI goal @ 16:55: Nicklas Grossmann snapshot, assisted by Brad Richardson and Jordan Martinook. Brad Richardson drives to the net and makes a nice pass to Grossmann on the other side of the net, who beats Ward on his weak side.
2-2 CAR goal @ 18:36: Jay McClement snapshot, assisted by Noah Hanifin and Roy Hainsey. The Hurricanes once again manage to tie the game quickly. McClement races to the puck behind the net to beat an icing call, positions himself in shooting position and beats Lindback on a second effort. Zbynek Michalek, who was defending McClement, was unable to put any pressure on the scorer.
3-2 CAR goal @ 06:27: Eric Staal snapshot, assisted by Elias Lindholm and Kris Versteeg. Oliver Ekman-Larsson turns the puck over to Elias Lindholm, who holds the puck for a while waiting for some support up front. Eric Stall is the one to take advantage of the opportunity, as he receives the pass and scores to give Carolina the lead for the first time in the game. Another bad night for OEL.
3-3 ARI goal @ 06:34: Stefan Elliott backhand shot, unassisted. Elliott gets the rebound from a Mikkel Boedker shot that went high, initially tries to make a pass on Vermette but the puck gets back to him and he makes a shot that sneaks into the net after hitting Ward's left pad.
4-3 ARI goal @ 13:41: Antoine Vermette backhand shot on the power play, assisted by Mikkel Boedker and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The Coyotes retake the lead on a power play goal by Vermette, taking advantage of a rebound he got from an OEL point shot.
4-4 CAR goal @ 15:38: Ron Hainsey snapshot, assisted by Joakim Nordstrom and Andrej Nestrasil. Of course, the Hurricanes have another quick answer to a Coyotes' goal. After a couple of shots by Nestrasil and Nordstrom, Hainsey picks the loose puck to score and tie the game once again.
5-4 CAR goal @ 19:47: Justin Faulk wrist shot on the power play, assisted by Victor Rask and Eric Staal. That goal was a dagger through every Coyotes fan heart. Arizona was on the power play moments earlier, but it was interrupted by a bad penalty commited by Martin Hanzal. As the Hurricanes' own power play commenced, they put a lot of pressure on the Coyotes and eventually Faulk scores on a nice long shot. With just 13 seconds remaining, the Coyotes failed to make it into the overtime.
|Arizona Coyotes||Carolina Hurricanes|
|First Period Shots||6||6|
|Second Period Shots||10||5|
|Third Period Shots||7||7|
- For a happier view of things, visit Canes Country.
- The Coyotes are on the longest losing streak (4) of the season so far.
- Not only is this the fourth straight loss, but it is also the fourth straight game that Arizona has conceded 5 goals. That means 20 goals against in 4 games. Ouch.
- Overall, this is the seventh game of the season where the opposing teams gets to score 5+ goals (Boston scored 6 on the 27th of October).
- Carolina's third goal came on just the 15th shot of the game. 5 goals were scored on a total of 15 shots.
- Despite a terrible December, the Coyotes still somehow hold the third place in the Pacific, thanks to the fellow struggles of Anaheim and Vancouver. The Ducks have the chance to tie Arizona at 27 points with a win against Pittsburgh.
The Coyotes finish their disastrous road trip against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, 6:00 PM Arizona time.