The Arizona Coyotes' power play has been tremendous of late. But it's the penalty kill that is now killing the Coyotes.
Arizona conceded two power play goals in the third period to give the Detroit Red Wings an opening, and Detroit capitalized to win the game in overtime 3-2 at Gila River Arena on Thursday night.
No scoring in the first frame, as the Coyotes took it to the Red Wings for much of the frame. Petr Mrazek weathered the storm extremely well.
1-0 Arizona: Of course Oliver Ekman-Larsson gets another goal. Jordan Martinook picked Mike Green's pocket behind the net for Shane Doan to pass cross the ice to Richardson. Richardson's attempt ended up on Martinook's stick, who slid it backhand for Oliver Ekman-Larsson to finish. Assists to Martinook and Richardson on the goal at 4:51.
2-0 Arizona: The power play continues to roll in 2016. Mikkel Boedker took a shot from the near side faceoff circle that Mrazek saved. Shane Doan was pushed into the crease creating all sorts of traffic congestion. Tobias Rieder's shot from the far-side deflected off of Doan's skate (legally) and into the net. Assists to Rieder and Boedker on the power play goal at 18:50.
2-1 Arizona: Pavel Datsyuk continues to amaze. He found space alone in the slot above the faceoff circles, and his seeing-eye wrister went past a screened Louis Domingue and into the net. Assists to Mike Green and Gustav Nyquist on the power play goal at 11:50.
2-2 Tie: The penalty kill completes Arizona's collapse as the highly skilled Detroit forwards punish Arizona. Gustav Nyquist's initial shot was stopped on a beautiful save from Louis Domingue, but in the ensuing scrum Justin Abdelkader's skate was flat on Domingue's back. Nyquist would push the puck in, and the goal stood after an Arizona challenge. Assists to Pavel Datsyuk and Mike Green on the power play goal at 14:20. Here's another look:
Here is another screnshot of Abdelkader's leg interfering with the pad/attempted roll: pic.twitter.com/fWyssqf5Km— Erin (@ErinB_DBD) January 15, 2016
3-2 Detroit: The overtime winner highlighted why Detroit has been in the playoffs for over two consecutive decades. Dylan Larkin sliced through Arizona's three defenders, and drew enough attention to leave Danny DeKeyser wide open to roof the puck bar-down on Domingue to end the game. Assists to Larkin and Pavel Datsyuk on the goal at 2:08.
|Detroit Red Wings||Arizona Coyotes|
|First Period Shots||5||12|
|Second Period Shots||11||8|
|Third Period Shots||8||7|
|Power Plays||2 for 3||1 for 3|
- For the Detroit perspective, check out Winging It In Motown.
- New arrival Kevin Connauton was a scratch for tonight's game, along with Steve Downie and Stefan Elliott.
- Antoine Vermette has now taken at least one minor penalty in three consecutive games.
- Arizona has given up seven power play goals in 2016, and at least one in every single 2016 game except for the shutout versus Nashville.
- Max Domi and Anthony Duclair - both noticeably deficient in the fancy-stat categories, had a terrific night, as this chart indicates:
- The goal by Datsyuk ended a six game goal drought.
- Attendance: 12,014
Arizona is back in action on Saturday, when they play the New Jersey Devils in a matinee soiree. Puck drop is at noon Arizona time.