Max Domi and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The cornerstones of the Arizona Coyotes' future. And the heroes of tonight's game.
OEL had four points on the night - including the game winner - but it was Max Domi who stole the show with his first career hat trick in Arizona's 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night at Gila River Arena.
1-0 Edmonton: Oliver Ekman-Larsson got a little too gung-ho trying to break up a rush. He collapsed with Jordan Eberle and Tobias Rieder, which left Leon Draisaitl wide-open in front of the net. All Eberle had to do was float the puck to the high slot, and Draisaitl picked it up and finished on Louis Domingue. Assists to Eberle and Benoit Pouliot on the goal at 18:34.
2-0 Edmonton: Hard to fault Arizona's penalty kill on this one, as they were set in the textbook box formation to cover shooting lanes. Leon Draisaitl made a heck of a cross-ice pass to find a pinching Justin Schultz, who roofed a shot over Domingue to give the Oilers the dreaded two-goal lead. Assists to Draisaitl and Jordan Eberle on the power play goal at 6:13.
2-1 Edmonton: If you blinked, you missed Max Domi's first goal on the night. Domi received a beautiful pump-fake from Michael Stone, and beat a sprawling Anders Nilsson bar-down for Arizona's first power play goal on the night. Assists to Stone and Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the power play goal at 12:37.
3-1 Edmonton: Arizona's penalty kill has almost completely imploded since the beginning of the year. Benoit Pouliot did what big guys are supposed to do: get in front of the net. He redirected Justin Schultz's point shot past Domingue to restore the Oilers' two goal lead. Assists to Schultz and Jordan Eberle on the power play goal at 1:02.
3-2 Edmonton: Sometimes persistence pays off. Oliver Ekman-Larsson took a shot on Nilsson that ended up underneath the Edmonton goaltender. On the ensuing scrum, Domi was able to find the puck and elevate it just enough to get over Nilsson and keep the Coyotes within one. Assists to Anthony Duclair and Ekman-Larsson on the power play goal at 3:53.
3-3 Tie: A very bad penalty by Eric Gryba was all Max Domi needed to finish the hat trick. Mikkel Boedker cycled the puck from the point to Domi out at the high far-side faceoff dot. He rifled a wrister through traffic and past Nilsson for his third goal on the night. Assists to Boedker and Ekman-Larsson on the power play goal at 6:54.
4-3 Arizona: He was already on the scoresheet on every single regulation goal, so why wouldn't Oliver Ekman-Larsson be the man to end the game? After a Taylor Hall high-sticking penalty with 30 seconds to play in the 3-on-3 frame, OEL would wrist the game winner clean past Nilsson from the near side faceoff circle with less than 10 seconds to play. Assist to Michael Stone on the overtime power play goal at 4:51.
|Edmonton Oilers||Arizona Coyotes|
|First Period Shots||7||6|
|Second Period Shots||12||9|
|Third Period Shots||8||13|
|Power Plays||2 for 3||3 for 4|
- For the Edmonton perspective, be sure to check out The Copper & Blue.
- No surprise scratches for the Coyotes: Steve Downie, John Scott, and Stefan Elliott all took a seat.
- This is the third time this season that a single Coyotes player recorded a point on every single Coyotes goal in a game. The first two? Mikkel Boedker on December 26th and 27th.
- Despite a near 2 to 1 advantage in the faceoff dot, Arizona lost the Corsi battle 64-63. For a team that wins a ton of faceoffs, they don't seem to be particularly efficient about utilizing them.
- Louis Domingue has given up three or more goals in just four of his eleven appearances. Edmonton is responsible for two of those.
- This also marks the first time since December 29th versus Chicago that Domingue recorded a save percentage below .900.
- With his goal and three assists, Oliver Ekman-Larsson is tied with Mikkel Boedker for the team scoring lead with 32 points, while Max Domi is just a point behind at 31.
- Attendance: 11,391
Arizona welcomes the Winged Wheel of Detroit to Gila River Arena on Thursday night. Puck drop is at 7 PM Arizona time for what is assuredly going to be an eventful evening.