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Decision 2016: Arizona Coyotes defeat Colorado Avalanche

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Anthony DeAngelo scores in NHL debut while Max Domi scored his first goal of the season to defeat the Avs.

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Colorado Avalanche
Anthony DeAngelo scored in his NHL debut.
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After being belted by the Anaheim Ducks the Arizona Coyotes responded exactly how they had to against the Colorado Avalanche.

They addressed the 1st period woes that had recently haunted them, scoring early and rounding out the period without giving up a goal against. From there, Colorado mounted an attack of their own, taking the lead for roughly 10 minutes in the 2nd.

But Arizona had all the answers as the youth movement wrestled control of the match back into the hands of the Coyotes, ensuring the Sedona red left the Pepsi center with 2 well earned and deserved points.

The Coyotes did it all tonight, scored on the Power Play, had strong goaltending alongside accountable defensive work, took few penalties and executed good zone entries and exits - all these things paved the way for the win.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 Arizona - After Jamie McGinn blocked a shot on a Colorado play from the opening face-off, Radim Vrbata went the other way before dishing the puck off to Jordan Martinook who scored after 28 seconds of game time on a tight angle near the boards to the right of Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard. Assists to Vrbata and McGinn at 0:28.

Second Period

1-1 Tie - The Avalanche break through in the opening minute of the second after going to the Power Play with one of the Coyotes’ best Penalty Killers Jordan Martinook in the box. Rene Bourque scored on a deflection off a Erik Johnson shot from the point that Louis Domingue was unable to see courtesy of two Colorado screens. Assists to Johnson and Mikhail Grigorenko at 0:38.

2-1 Colorado - A painful turnover from Tyler Gaudet who was unable to control an Anthony DeAngelo pass on the Coyotes blue line turned costly in a flash as Nathan MacKinnon made it look easy scoring from long range under Domingue’s left arm. Assist to Matt Duchene at 6:09.

2-2 Tie - Max Domi pulled Calvin Pickard out of his crease with some smooth moves, before sneaking back around behind the net and throwing the puck through traffic and into the slot. Domi’s pass landed on the end of DeAngelo’s stick waiting in the slot where he scored his first career NHL goal in his NHL debut. Assists to Domi and Anthony Duclair at 16:15.

3-2 Arizona - Connor Murphy managed to keep an attempted Avalanche clear in the Coyotes offensive zone before serving the puck up to Domi in the slot. Whether by intention or by fluke, Domi’s ensuing shot fluttered the puck slowly over the players in front of him as well as Colorado goaltender Pickard and into the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Assist to Connor Murphy at 17:26.

Third Period

4-2 Arizona - On the Power Play to start the 3rd period, the Coyotes controlled the puck off the opening face-off before entering the zone in style with Radim Vrbata and Martinook creating a 2 on 1 chance. Martinook scored his second of the night on a wide open net after completing a perfect 3-pass-play with the help of Vrbata that drew Pickard out of his net again. Assists to Vrbata and Domi at 0:11.

Three Answers

  1. Will Anthony DeAngelo add anything to the Coyotes in his debut? - Yes, he did. DeAngelo recorded 20:35 minutes of ice time playing on the 2nd defensive line with Alex Goligoski. He also scored his first NHL career goal which tied up the game. He also recorded 2 shots and played 3:29 minutes of Power Play time. A great debut.
  2. Can the Coyotes play hockey properly in the 1st period? - Yes, they can. The Coyotes scored in the opening minute of the first period, drew 2 penalties and while the shot count was even it certainly felt like the Coyotes were having the best chances of both teams. The only downside to the first period of play was that the Power Play was more counterproductive than productive, failing to generate any decent scoring chances and letting Colorado gain momentum to get back in the game.
  3. Will Shane Doan turn up to play? - Before the game Jamie McGinn talked about how an upset Shane Doan addressed the team during an intermission against the Anaheim Ducks and acknowledged his own game had been average. It is good to see Doan has recognized the weaknesses in his current game. Unfortunately Doan’s game tonight was rather uneventful as he recorded 1 shot in 16:58 minutes of ice time. A silver lining in this is that he didn’t cost the Coyotes the match either. Still needs to improve however.

Players of the Game

Arizona - Jordan Martinook - Lead by setting a good example for all Coyotes to follow, set the tone early with a goal and put the icing on the win with his second goal of the night early in the 3rd period. A strong all around game by Martinook.

Colorado - Nathan MacKinnon - Scored Colorado’s second goal as the Avalanche took control of the match and built momentum. Lead all Avalanche players with 4 shots recorded for the night and stood out from his peers with his presence on the puck and his speed.

Paw Prints

  • For the Colorado perspective, check out Mile High Hockey.
  • Scratches for the Coyotes included: Dylan Strome, Kevin Connauton and Laurent Dauphin.
  • Joining them on the sidelines were the still injured Mike Smith, Michael Stone and Martin Hanzal.
  • Anthony DeAngelo made his NHL debut tonight while Tyler Gaudet made his season debut as both players were recalled from the Tucson Roadrunners on Monday.
  • DeAngelo finished his NHL debut with 1 goal, a +/- of +1, 2 shots on goal and 20:35 minutes of ice time.
  • Gaudet finished his season debut with a +/- of -1 and 13:10 minutes of ice time.
  • Once again, 1:29 into the game Ryan White fought - perhaps he was answering the call of Cody McLeod trying to energize the Avalanche after going down a goal very early in the game.
  • A goal was scored in under a minute from the beginning of each period tonight. In the 1st and 3rd periods, it was for the Coyotes - in the 2nd it was for the Avalanche.
  • Louis Domingue made his 6th straight start for the Coyotes tonight and while he had some scary “Mike Smith” moments playing the puck out of his crease, he certainly didn’t look tired as the lively goaltender finished the game with a healthy .926 save %.
  • The Coyotes have now won 4 of their last 6 games.

Looking Ahead

Arizona will now return home to face the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night. Puck drop is at 7:00pm Arizona time at Gila River Arena. You can also watch the game on Fox Sports Arizona and tune in at ESPN Phoenix 620AM.