Despite looking better than last night, this overtime loss for the Arizona Coyotes feels worse in more than a few ways.
The Vancouver Canucks took the 3-2 win in overtime in a game that featured an offensive scoring frenzy in the second period, and a truly scary injury to Brad Richardson that places the rest of his season in doubt.
No goals in the opening frame for either team, though the pace of play seemed demonstrably faster than last night against Calgary.
1-0 Arizona - Arizona took the lead early in the second on a gorgeous wrist shot by Brad Richardson. The puck deflected off the stick of Alexander Edler and over Jakob Markstrom’s shoulder. Assists to Shane Doan and Jakob Chychrun on the goal at 1:22.
2-0 Arizona - The Coyotes added to their lead with a power play goal, as Martin Hanzal received a great pass from Max Domi that caused Markstrom to over-correct away from his net. That left a wide open look for a pinching Anthony DeAngelo, who made the most of it for his second goal of the year. Assists to Hanzal and Domi on the power play goal at 10:45.
2-1 Arizona - Vancouver halved Arizona’s lead off the stick of Brandon Sutter. Connor Murphy got caught in no-man’s land between Daniel Sedin and Sutter, who got an easy look at Louis Domingue to get the Canucks on the board. Assists to Sedin and Alexander Edler on the goal at 15:45.
2-2 Tie - Vancouver tied the game after a Michael Stone interference penalty gave the Canucks a power play. Henrik Sedin drew the attention of the Coyotes’ penalty killers, and found Alexander Edler on the far-side point. This created a gap in the low slot that Daniel Sedin was able to slide into, and his one-timer evened the score. Assists to Edler and Sedin on the power play goal at 17:58.
No goals in the third period either, though the last twenty seconds of the frame saw both teams trade high quality scoring chances that could have ended the game in regulation.
3-2 Vancouver - In overtime, Ben Hutton created a breakaway chance by taking advantage of a Coyotes’ offensive zone turnover. Dylan Strome was unable to catch up with Hutton, and was forced to hook Hutton and give the Canucks a penalty shot. Hutton nailed it, sealing the win for the Canucks in overtime. No assists on the penalty shot goal at 2:34.
- Can the Coyotes attack the Vancouver net? - The Coyotes did a much better job getting shots in from close range; Arizona had 16 shot attempts from the low slot below the faceoff circles.
- How healthy are Arizona’s key contributors? - Arizona did not have the services of Tobias Rieder for the game, but the far more devestating blow was the loss of Brad Richardson, who fractured both his tibia and fibula in a freak collision with Vancouver’s Nikita Tryamkin (we’ll link to a video here, but we will not embed it because it’s quite unpleasant).
- Can the Coyotes score more than once? - The Coyotes scored a pair of goals in the second period, including a power play goal. But the Richardson injury seemed to really send the Coyotes reeling, as they gave up two goals shortly thereafter.
Players of the Game
Arizona - Brad Richardson - Richardson scored Arizona’s opening goal before his unfortunate injury. Here’s hoping for a full recovery.
Vancouver - Daniel Sedin - Daniel assisted on the first Vancouver goal and scored the second one. The Sedins remain incredibly effective in the offensive zone despite the myriad of struggles facing the Canucks.
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- All three players scratched last night in Calgary - Michael Stone, Connor Murphy, and Dylan Strome - drew in to tonight’s game.
- Tobias Rieder did not dress for tonight’s game, and is considered day-to-day.
- Seven of Arizona’s ten losses have been by one goal, with an eighth in New Jersey only becoming a two goal loss by virtue of a late empty-netter.
- Radim Vrbata had a game high nine shots on net.
- Doan’s second period assist was his first point since November 10th against Winnipeg, and only his second point since October 21st.
Arizona comes home on Saturday to play the San Jose Sharks. Puck drop is at 6 PM Arizona time.