The Arizona Coyotes ended 2016 the way they started it: losing a game in Alberta.
Tonight they went with 11 forwards and 7 defenseman has they have quite a few times recently this season. Louis Domingue laid an egg in the first period, but the Coyotes didn’t pull him as Smith needed a break. He allowed four goals on nine shots in the first period and the Coyotes could never catch up. Arizona would ultimately lose the last game of 2016 by a score of 4-2 against the Calgary Flames.
This is not how anyone predicted the first half of the 2016-17 season would have gone.
1-0 Calgary- The Coyotes are on the penalty kill. Matthew Tkachuk throws it at the net and Michael Frolik backhands it past Domingue at 6:08 of the first. Assists to Tkachuk and Dougie Hamilton.
The Coyotes did score shorthanded but it was waved off for playing with a high stick. It’s still 1-0 Calgary at 10:30 of the first.
2-0 Calgary - The Coyotes are pinned in their own zone and Domingue is screened by Alex Chiasson. Dennis Wideman’s slapshot from the point goes in past Domingue. Assists to TJ Brodie and Kris Versteeg on the goal at 12:09.
3-0 Calgary - Just 29 seconds later Lance Bouma passes it to Garnet Hathaway, who pratically sits on Alex Goligoski as the puck bounces off Goligoski and in. This is the third goal allowed on five shots by the Coyotes. Assist to Matt Stajan on Bouma’s goal at 12:38.
4-0 Calgary - While Arizona is on the penalty kill, the Flames strike again. Mark Giordano shoots the puck off of Mikael Backlund and into the net at 15:42 of the first. Assists to Giordano and Michael Frolik.
4-1 Calgary - Oliver Ekman-Larsson brings the puck into the zone and passes it to Shane Doan who centers the puck for Brendan Perlini to collect all alone in front of Elliott. Assists to Doan and Ekman-Larsson on the goal at 15:40.
4-2 Calgary - At least Arizona made a game of it, somewhat. Martin Hanzal redirects a shot by Jordan Martinook from high in the offensive zone to bring the Coyotes within two. Assist to Martinook on the goal at 11:53.
1. Will the Coyotes’ special teams hurt the team? - Well, in a word, yes. They allowed twp power play goals.
2. Will Anthony Duclair score again? - Nope. This is just going to be his struggle, to stop being streaky.
3. Can the Coyotes win without Mike Smith? - Nope. Domingue didn’t look ready at all for this game. Four goals on nine shots in the first period is not acceptable.
Players of the Game
Arizona - Jordan Martinook - It was Martinook’s shot that got deflected in front of Brian Elliott to give the Coyotes at least a fighting chance. A chance they really didn’t deserve.
Calgary - Michael Frolik - Frolik opened the scoring and assisted on Calgary’s fourth goal of the evening.
- For more on the Calgary Flames, check out Matchsticks & Gasoline.
- The Coyotes PK has allowed six goals in their last eleven shorthanded situations.
- Kevin Connauton was officially listed as a healthy scratch despite playing in Tucson on Friday evening.
- Brian Elliott has now won has last four appearances; he has posted a .920 save percentage or better in four of his last five games.
- Despite playing 17:58, Johnny Gaudreau took no shots and recorded no points.
- Anthony DeAngelo was issued a ten-minute misconduct for abuse of officials. This is not a good look for him, especially given past history.
Just saw replay. Official was steering DeAngelo out of scrum and DeAngelo tried to push official's hands off him.— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) January 1, 2017
Arizona starts the new year in Vancouver on Wednesday the 4th of January, 2017. Game starts at 8pm Arizona time.