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Coyotes power past Canadiens: Montreal @ Arizona Recap

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The Canadiens looked lifeless as the Coyotes ran away with some much needed points.

Martin Hanzal led the way for the Coyotes with a 3 point night.
Martin Hanzal led the way for the Coyotes with a 3 point night.
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After a three goal first period and a statistically shaky looking start for Louis Domingue, the Coyotes settled in the second and eventually took complete control of the game while cruising to a 6-2 over the slumping Montreal Canadiens.

Though greatly appreciated, the increasingly valuable win and high caliber offense was largely over shadowed by the injury to Anders Lindback and the presence of his emergency replacement, Nathan Schoenfeld.

Scoring Summary:

First Period

1-0 Coyotes: Martin Hanzal opened the scoring @ 4:47 - assisted by Michael Stone and Anthony Duclair. Hanzal battled hard at the net, maintaining a long screen in front of Montreal's Mike Condon before the Coyotes cycled the puck back around to Stone, who blasted it in from the point. Hanzal got a tip off on the shot in front of Condon's glove and in the puck went.

1-1 Tied: Dale Weisse scored a goal from right in front of the net after driving hard and straight down the ice to receives a nice feed from Jacob De La Rose who was heading behind the net. Louis Domingue was caught cheating on the play, predicting a De La Rose wrap-around instead of a pass, a prediction that proved costly. Assists to Torrey Mitchell @ 9:02.

2-1 Coyotes: After a slow starting Powerplay, the Coyotes got some good puck movement thanks to a pesky Canadien penalty kill unit. This created a chance for the Coyotes after Oliver Ekman-Larsson banged an uncontrollable shot to the net, where Martin Hanzal found it and fed it out to edge of the right face-off circle  where Anthony Duclair was waiting to shoot home into a mostly open net @ 15:48. Assists to Hanzal and Ekman-Larsson.

Second Period

3-1 Coyotes: With space, Ekman-Larsson pulls off a nice fake and pass during a 4 on 4 segment. The recipient, Brad Richardson, also faked on his backhand and pulled Condon out of position before deking back to his forehand and hitting the puck home. Assists to Ekman-Larsson and Tobias Rieder @ 8:04.

3-2 Coyotes: Only minutes later, on the same 4 on 4 segment, Brendan Gallagher scores on Domingue who leaks a weak shot in through his five-hole. A perfect example of a goal that shouldn't have gone in and of the work that Domingue still needs for his game. Assist to Nathan Beaulieu @10:06.

4-2 Coyotes: Now on the power play the Coyotes score their 4th goal off the iron and in through Ekman-Larsson. Max Domi gets the puck from a board battle and sends it straight to Ekman-Larsson who is waiting alone in the slot before ripping the puck in off the top post.

5-2 Coyotes: @15:38 the Coyotes get another opportunity on a three man rush. With Tyler Gaudet and Kevin Connauton, Kyle Chipchura had options as he entered the zone. Deciding to go with Connauton, Chipchura made a slick pass across the front of the goal to the far post where Connauton slid in and wristed the puck past Condon for the Coyotes 5th goal of the night. Assists to Chipchura and Tyler Gaudet.

Third Period

6-2 Coyotes: With the game now beyond doubt, the Coyotes weren't finished scoring. As Jordan Martinook drew two Montreal defenders, Antoine Vermette was left open on the far post. Mikkel Boedker made an excellent pass across the width of the zone and it was up to Vermette to figure out Condon and push the puck through his five-hole. Assists to Mikkel Boedker and Zbynek Michalek @ 4.19.

Stat Report:

Montreal Canadiens

Arizona Coyotes

First Period Shots

6

8

Second Period Shots

8

12

Third Period Shots

5

8

Total Shots

19

28

Power Plays

0/1

2/4

Faceoff Wins

45%

55%

Save Percentage

.778

.895

Paw Prints:

  • For the Montreal perspective, check out Eyes on the Prize.

  • Anders Lindback was injured in an off-ice injury prior to tonight's game, though Louis Domingue was scheduled to play against Montreal regardless.

  • Nathan Schoenfeld, son of New York Rangers assistant GM and former Coyotes coach Jim Schoenfeld, served as the backup to Louis Domingue for the game.

  • Nicklas Grossman and Viktor Tikhonov were healthy scratches for the Coyotes with Jarred Tinordi getting another start. He was invisible for most of the game but that might have been what he was going for - no unfortunate mistakes.

  • During the second period, Max Domi served a double minor for roughing during retaliation after being cross-checked in the face by Greg Pateryn. Pateryn received a 5 minute major for cross-checking and a 10 minute game misconduct. The ensuing 4 on 4 play resulted in a goal for each side.

  • Anthony Duclair was the third star of the game, with Oliver Ekman-Larsson taking the second and Martin Hanzal taking the first as selected by the Coyotes Broadcast Team.

  • Tonight's win marked the highest score against the Montreal Canadiens since the franchise moved to Arizona as well as the first sweep by the Coyotes against the Canadiens.

Looking Ahead

Arizona stay at home and prepare to play the best of the West as the Dallas Stars visit Gila Riva Arena on Thursday night. Puck drop is at 7PM Arizona time.