The scheduling gods gave the Arizona Coyotes a dream setup; they would get a tired Calgary Flames team on the second half of a road back-to-back after the Flames ground out a 6-5 shootout win in San Jose, while losing their starting goaltender in the process.
For once, everything went according to plan, as the Arizona Coyotes outskated and outperformed the Calgary Flames on the way to a 4-1 win at Gila River Arena on Friday night.
1-0 Arizona: Shane Doan now sits tied with Dale Hawerchuk for the most points in Jets/Coyotes history. He scored his 20th goal of the season on a relatively harmless wrist shot from the top of the far-side faceoff circle that somehow slipped under Jonas Hiller's pads and into the net. Assists to Kevin Connauton and Michael Stone on the goal at 3:31.
2-0 Arizona: Arizona received a four-on-three power play after an undisciplined Johnny Gaudreau tripping minor. On a set play off the faceoff, Michael Stone pinched into the circle from the far-side hash mark and cleared the puck out to a wide-open Oliver Ekman-Larsson at the point. Hiller had no chance at stopping OEL's signature shot. Assists to Stone and Shane Doan on the power play goal at 6:51.
3-0 Arizona: The Coyotes would increase their lead with another power play goal less than two minutes after their first. Anthony Duclair received a pass from Oliver Ekman-Larsson and took a shot from the high slot. Hiller made the initial save, but the puck went straight up into the air, out of sight of the defenders on the ice. Duclair was in the right place when the puck landed, and he blasted the rebound past Hiller for his 15th goal of the season. Assist to Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the power play goal at 8:44.
3-1 Arizona: The Flames get a little life on a soft defensive play by Arizona. T.J. Brodie dazzled the Coyotes in the offensive zone, and pushed the puck all the way to the red-line. He centered the puck to Joe Colborne, who was given way too much room by Kevin Connauton. Colborne kicked the puck to his stick and buried it into a wide-open net. Assists to Brodie and Mark Giordano on the goal at 10:43.
4-1 Arizona: Just in case the assist on the OEL goal doesn't count, Shane Doan ensured that he would leave Gila River Arena tonight as the sole franchise point leader. A cross-ice pass from Mikkel Boedker end on Doan's stick, and Doan ripped one from his knee past Hiller to seal the victory for the Coyotes. Assists to Boedker and Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the 5 on 3 goal at 17:32.
|Calgary Flames||Arizona Coyotes|
|First Period Shots||11||7|
|Second Period Shots||11||16|
|Third Period Shots||5||13|
|Power Plays||0 for 5||3 for 7|
- For the Calgary reaction, check out Matchsticks and Gasoline.
- Arizona scratched Jarred Tinordi and Viktor Tikhonov again for tonight's game.
- There were six separate four-on-four opportunities in this game. A total of 19 minors were handed out in this game.
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson is now just three points away from tying his career high, which is his 44 point campaign in 2013-14.
- The secondary assist on Oliver Ekman-Larsson's goal was originally given to Martin Hanzal, however the official scorer changed it to Doan midway through the third period, in what was perhaps the most anti-climactic passing of a milestone in NHL history.
- Every Coyote played over 10 minutes except for Kyle Chipchura, who only played 5:42.
- Attendance: 13,643
Arizona is straight off to San Jose, as they play the Sharks tomorrow night. Puck drop is at 8:30 PM Arizona time.