The Arizona Coyotes loss to the St. Louis 6-4 on Saturday night at Gila River Arena. But that loss pales in comparison to the potential loss of defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
OEL left after playing just 0:32 in the first period, and the Blues took advantage, with a four goal onslaught that chased Louis Domingue briefly from the net.
1-0 Arizona: Shane Doan continues his stellar season with a very early goal, as his wraparound attempt beats Brian Elliott to give the Coyotes the lead on just the first shot of the game. Assists to Brad Richardson and Michael Stone on the goal at 0:23.
1-1 Tie: St. Louis got the Doan goal back extremely quickly, as an early Coyotes penalty put the Coyotes on their heels and put the puck in the hands of the always deadly Vladimir Tarasenko. He made no mistake to even the score. Assists to Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen on the power play goal at 1:08.
2-1 St. Louis: Domingue's first bad goal of the night came on a two-on-two play. Connor Murphy did a decent job forcing Alexander Steen to the outside and giving Domingue a good angle, but Steen roofed it in a gap on Domingue's right side anyways to give the Blues the lead. Assists to David Backes and Joel Edmundson on the goal at 4:22.
3-1 St. Louis: Bad got worse, as a relatively innocuous Vladimir Tarasenko shot got lost in Domingue's equipment. Domingue couldn't locate the puck, and it was Jaden Schwartz's to tap in from the goal mouth. Assists to Tarasenko and Colton Parayko on the goal at 7:49.
4-1 St. Louis: And that was all she wrote for Louis Domingue in the first period. Carl Gunnarsson had a wide open lane on the near side to shoot, and the puck deflected off of an Arizona stick in front to give St. Louis a three goal lead. Domingue would get the yank for the first period after that, but would return for the second and third. Assists to Robby Fabbri and Troy Brouwer on the goal at 10:06.
4-2 St. Louis: Arizona got one back mid-way through the second, when Kevin Connauton capitalized on a Colton Parayko turnover. The Blues' defenseman was too busy finishing his check to notice that the puck had not cleared the zone. Connauton's shot found its way through traffic and over Elliott's glove to give Arizona some life. Unassisted goal at 9:21.
4-3 St. Louis: The Coyotes refused to go quietly into the night, as Max Domi brought the team to within one. Kevin Connauton took a shot on net that Elliott stopped, but the St. Louis goaltender could not corral the rebound. Domi grabbed the puck with his stick, skated around Elliott, and rifled the puck home. Assist to Connauton on the goal at 0:50.
5-3 St. Louis: Regrettably, life is not puppies and rainbows, as St. Louis regained the two goal lead later in the third. Klas Dahlbeck lost a step on Patrik Berglund, who tipped home a gorgeous seeing-eye pass from former Coyote Scottie Upshall. Assists to Upshall and Colton Parayko on the goal at 7:18.
5-4 St. Louis: Tonight's game was all about Kevin Connauton and Max Domi, even in defeat. With the net empty, Connauton once again took a shot on net that wound up on Domi's stick. While Domi's intent was simply to throw the puck back into the scrum in the middle, it ended up bouncing off of a St. Louis player and past Brian Elliott. Assists to Connauton and Michael Stone on the goal at 19:26.
6-4 St. Louis: Alas, there was simply not enough time left in the game for Arizona to climb all the way up the mountain. Under pressure to enter the zone quickly, the Coyotes coughed it up in the middle of the neutral zone. David Backes lifted a floater on net to kill clock, and it made it all the way back to the goal to seal the St. Louis victory. Unassisted goal at 19:59.
|St. Louis Blues||Arizona Coyotes|
|First Period Shots||14||7|
|Second Period Shots||12||10|
|Third Period Shots||14||5|
|Power Plays||1 for 3||0 for 2|
- For the St. Louis perspective, check out St. Louis Game Time.
- While Oliver Ekman-Larsson only played 0:32 tonight, it sounds as if the injury is not overly serious.
Tippett says OEL will make trip. Not ruled out for Monday.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) February 21, 2016
- The Blues did not get out of Arizona healthy either, as Alexander Steen left the game clutching his shoulder after taking this hit from Kevin Connauton:
- Connauton's three point performance tonight tied a career high he set on December 27th, 2014 versus Boston while a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He played 31:11 tonight, which is a career high.
- Niklas Treutle would play only 9:54 before Louis Domingue returned to start the second period. Treutle stopped all four shots he faced.
- Attendance: 15,839
Arizona better hope Oliver Ekman-Larsson is okay to go on Monday, as the Coyotes will travel to Washington to take on Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals. Puck drop is at 5 PM Arizona time.