Every loss hurts equally in the standings. But that doesn't mean every loss is the same. For the Arizona Coyotes, the last three losses have been a bitter pill to swallow.
Once again, the Arizona Coyotes came up just a goal short in a 3-2 regulation loss to the Florida Panthers. Arizona is now 0-3-0 on their five game road trip and have dropped four in a row overall.
1-0 Arizona: In the 2011-12 season, it was the line combination of Radim Vrbata, Martin Hanzal, and Ray Whitney that showed up night-in and night-out. This season, it's Jordan Martinook, Brad Richardson, and Shane Doan. Doan added to his team goal lead with a soft goal just off of Roberto Luongo's pad. Assists to Jordan Martinook and Connor Murphy on the goal at 7:02.
1-1 Tie: A defensive breakdown ended up killing the Coyotes midway through the first period, as the defense lost track of Vincent Trocheck. Trocheck ended up with way too much room to shoot, and he made no mistake on Louis Domingue. Assists to Brian Campbell and Derek MacKenzie on the goal at 12:04.
2-1 Florida: Arizona's defense really struggled to slow down the Panthers in the neutral zone during the second period, which resulted in several breakaway saving penalties by Coyotes' defensemen. Unfortunately for Arizona, the second one cost them, as Aleksander Barkov tipped a Nick Bjugstad just enough to get by Domingue. Assists to Bjugstand and Dmitry Kulikov on the power play goal at 10:18.
3-1 Florida: This one will sting a bit. Martin Hanzal lit up Jussi Jokinen in the near-side boards, but that was not enough to stop the tenacious Panthers' forecheck. Jaromir Jagr stripped Connor Murphy behind the net and found Aleksander Barkov streaking in to the front of the net to give the Panthers a two goal lead. Assists to Jagr and Jokinen on the goal at 4:00.
3-2 Florida: Florida's game plan on the penalty kill was to deny time and space to Oliver Ekman-Larsson. They needed to, because the one time they didn't it cost them. OEL found space on the near-side of the offensive zone, and with a quick pass from Antoine Vermette OEL had all the time he needed to bury a slap shot. Assists to Vermette and Shane Doan on the power play goal at 14:17.
|Arizona Coyotes||Florida Panthers|
|First Period Shots||8||7|
|Second Period Shots||7||8|
|Third Period Shots||9||10|
|Power Plays||1 for 3||1 for 4|
- For the Florida perspective, check out Litter Box Cats.
- Viktor Tikhonov took a seat in the press box tonight, alongside Jarred Tinordi.
- With seven defensemen on the ice, Nicklas Grossmann got the short straw. He only played 8:58.
- Arizona's power play goal was their first since Martin Hanzal's third period tally against the Dallas Stars on February 18th.
- The Doan-Richardson-Martinook line has been on the ice for a Coyotes goal in all three games this road-trip.
- With the win, the Panthers have the second best record in the Eastern Conference, and extended their division lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning to five points.
- Barkov played his first contest tonight in two weeks after missing seven games with an upper body injury.
Arizona's next game is the only one on this trip against a team not currently in playoff position, as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers in an early afternoon matinee. Puck drop is at 11 AM Arizona time.