The Arizona Coyotes went almost a month without winning, and had a very hard time scoring much of anything during that stretch. You'd be forgiven for taking them lightly if you were Detroit.
Ultimately, the Coyotes played a high-scoring, wild affair against the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena. They came away with two points in a 5-4 overtime win.
This game started out with little action to speak of. B.J. Crombeen made a nice defensive play to save a scoring chance on Mike Smith, but neither team generated much in the way of scoring chances early on.
Arizona broke the scoreless tie at 11:43 of the first period, when Craig Cunningham took a shot that Jimmy Howard only partially stopped. John Moore did just enough to get the puck in the net, as he was credited with his first goal as a Coyote.
The score would remain 1-0 until 3:00 of the second, after which both offenses exploded. Luke Glendening tied the game on a deflection from Kyle Quincey, followed by a Mark Arcobello power play goal at 10:56 to make the score 2-1.
Arcobello's goal would stand up for all of 36 seconds, as Justin Abdelkader broke in alone and scored on Mike Smith at 11:32. Three and a half minutes later, David Moss scored only his second goal of the season at 15:08 after deflecting a Klas Dahlbeck point shot. The Moss goal would make the score 3-2 and cap off a lively back-and-forth affair in the second frame.
The lunacy would continue into the third period, when Tomas Tatar outskated Dahlbeck across Smith's body, which gave Jakub Kindl the ability to fire a slapper from the point past Mike Smith at 1:57. The fireworks were not done.
Shortly after the Kindl goal, Marek Zidlicky high-sticked Lauri Korpikoski in the mouth. The Red Wings would then take another penalty while killing off the double-minor, thanks to Darren Helm's cheap shot on Mike Smith. Despite the minute and a half of 5 on 3 time and the four minute power play, the Coyotes could not convert.
It would take a Justin Abdelkader interference penalty against Shane Doan for the Coyotes to get another tally on the power play. Oliver Ekman-Larsson took a point shot that went in off the stick of David Moss for his second goal of the night to take a 4-3 lead at 9:19 of the third.
Special teams would continue to play a major role in this game down to the wire, as the Red Wings converted on a power play provided for them by a Martin Erat holding call. Gustav Nyquist scored at 13:39 to knot the score at four goals apiece.
Despite numerous scoring chances and a late game surge by the Wings, Detroit was unable to finish the game in regulation and both clubs received a point. The game would be decided at 3:08, when Arcobello carried the puck into the Detroit zone. Despite having a Red Wings defender draped all over him, Arcobello drove hard to the net and beat Howard to win the game for the Coyotes.
Our Three Stars of the Game
- 3rd Star: Justin Abdelkader - Scored a goal and assisted on the tying goal for Detroit.
- 2nd Star: David Moss - Two goals on the night, thanks in large part to standing in front of Howard and getting his stick on the puck.
- 1st Star: Mark Arcobello - A power play goal and the overtime winner, Arcobello is going a long ways to finding a permanent landing spot somewhere next season.
- For Detroit's perspective, check out Winging It In Motown.
- Jordan Szwarz made his season debut for the Coyotes. He played 13:32 minutes of ice time.
- The last time the Coyotes scored three even-strength goals in a game was February 1st versus Montreal. The last time they scored five goals in a game was January 3rd versus Columbus.
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson potted two assists on the night; he now has 20 goals and 20 assists this year.
- Special teams were a pivotal part of this game: the Coyotes went 2 for 5 on the power play while Detroit went 1 for 5.
- Despite the high score, neither team scored consecutive goals in this game. By virtue of scoring first, this meant the Coyotes never trailed in this game either.
The first of the two largest games of the season is Thursday night, when the 29th place Coyotes play the 30th place Buffalo Sabres. Puck drop is at 4 PM Arizona time.