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Arizona Coyotes not ready to play back-to-back, lose to Anaheim Ducks 5-1

The Coyotes stumbled out of the gate and never really recovered.

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That game left a lot to be desired from the Arizona Coyotes.

Arizona surrendered three first period goals to the Anaheim Ducks and couldn’t mount a surge to get back in the game en route to a 5-1 loss on Friday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The loss ended a two game winning streak for the Coyotes.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 Anaheim - Anaheim would strike first after an Alex Goligoski penalty gave the Ducks the man advantage. Corry Perry drew the attention of Arizona’s penalty killers down low, which left Kevin Bieksa with all sorts of room to shoot. He didn’t miss. Assists to Perry and Rickard Rakell on the power play goal at 9:05.

2-0 Anaheim - Corey Perry would set up Anaheim’s second goal of the night on a two-on-one play just three minutes after the first goal. This time Rickard Rakell was the beneficiary of Perry’s pass. Assists to Perry and Michael Sgarbossa on the goal at 12:11.

3-0 Anaheim - After Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s clearing attempt was blocked by Andrew Cogliano, Antoine Vermette beat Alex Goligoski to the puck in the corner, and fed Jakob Silfverberg in front of Domingue for the third Ducks goal of the night. Assists to Vermette and Cogliano on the goal at 19:15.

Second Period

4-0 Anaheim - For the second consecutive night, a former Coyote got on the scoresheet. Antoine Vermette launched a massive slapshot off of a rebound in the high slot past Justin Peters to extend Anaheim’s lead to four. Assists to Ondrej Kase and Josh Manson on the goal at 13:23.

4-1 Anaheim - At last, the Coyotes stopped the bleeding. Radim Vrbata created a two-on-one and fed Jamie McGinn for Arizona’s first goal of the night. Assists to Vrbata and Christian Dvorak on the goal at 16:32.

Third Period

5-1 Anaheim - Alex Goligoski’s woes continued, as he and Justin Peters played an odd game of hot potato in the crease. Goligoski lightly kicked the puck to Peters, who for some reason could not get his glove on the puck. Ryan Kesler and Rickard Rakell simultaneously pounced on the goal and drove it (and Peters’ pad) into the net, with Rakell ultimately getting credit. Assist to Kesler on the goal at 14:11.

Three Answers

  1. Can the Strong Starts Continue? - Three conceded goals in the first and a fourth conceded goal in the second before Arizona could get one of their own. That start was simply not good.
  2. Who Will Start in Goal? - Domingue got the nod tonight, and didn’t last past the first period. In fairness to him however, he wasn’t getting much help.
  3. Can Arizona Avoid a Possession Hole? - Somehow, the Coyotes managed to get outshot 21-4 in the first frame. They never led in shot attempts for the entire game.

Players of the Game

Arizona - Lawson Crouse - Crouse recorded three shots on the night and looked the most composed of all the Coyotes’ rookies.

Anaheim - Jakob Silfverberg - Silfverberg scored a goal, but was one of the best looking players on the ice tonight for the Ducks. He made several excellent individual plays and was difficult for the Coyotes’ defenders to contain all night.

Paw Prints

  • For the Anaheim perspective, check out Anaheim Calling.
  • We all know what the highlight of the game for Arizona was. So let’s take another look, shall we?
  • Kesler would return in the second period, and would ultimately play 11:07.
  • Louis Domingue finished out the first period, but was replaced by Justin Peters for the duration of the game. Peters finished with 10 saves on 12 shots.
  • Tonight was the first game of the season that Arizona failed to record more than one goal in a game. It was the fourth time Arizona had conceded five goals or more.
  • Jakob Chychrun appeared in his 10th NHL game, which means a year has been used on his entry-level contract.

Looking Ahead

Arizona is off until Tuesday, when they take on the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. Puck drop is at 7 PM Arizona time.