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Flying Low in Philly: Coyotes at Flyers Recap

At what point do things start to look up?

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into their fourth game of a long Eastern road trip, the Arizona Coyotes had lost their last three games by just one goal each. With the trade deadline lurking and rumors flying one would hope the Coyotes main goal would be to finally secure a point, breaking the current slide they find themselves on. The Coyotes came out strong against the Philadelphia Flyers but still found themselves down 3-1 after the first on the way to a 4-2 loss.

There's seemed to be a theme on this road trip of key pieces returning to the opponent. Barkov for the Panthers, Giroux for the Flyers and Malkin for the Penguins on Monday. This losing streak on the road looks familiar to a rough stretch of games earlier this season but this time the Coyotes may not be able to pull out in order to secure a playoffs spot.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 Philadelphia: After Jordan Martinook failed to bat down a high pass Scott Laughton was able to slip behind the defensemen. When the puck came out to neutral zone Laughton picks it up going on a break away and backhands the puck by Louis Domingue. Assists to Nick Cousins and Mark Streit at 9:30.

1-1 Tied: Captain Shane Doan chips the puck in over the blue line into the offensive zone. There Max Domi carries the puck in further before delivering a clean across net pass to Brad Richardson who lifts the puck up and over Michal Neuvirth. Assists go to Max Domi and Shane Doan at 11:31.

2-1 Philadelphia: With the man advantage, some perfect clean passing set ups the Captain to shoot. Giroux fires a wrist shot from the top of the circle that finds the net behind Domingue. Assists to Streit and Brayden Schenn at 17:41.

3-1 Philadelphia: Sean Courturier beat Oliver Ekman-Larsson to the puck along the boards sending it ahead for Sam Gagner. Ganger breaks in alone on Domingue scoring with a snapshot from the dot. Assists to Sean Courturier and Streit at 18:21.

Second Period

No goals: While the second period gave both teams some power play time and show cased a lot of back and forth action no goals were scored. There were a lot of close calls but none of them translated into a point. However Kevin Connauton an Laughton would drop the gloves against each other.

Third Period

3-2 Philadelphia: Mikkel Boedker cuts to the middle of the ice and backhands a feed to Ekman-Larsson. Ekman-Larsson scores off a wrist shot from the hash marks to bring the game within one goal. Assists go to Boedker and Michael Stone at 6:33.

4-2 Philadelphia: After a turn over from Ekman-Larsson in the offensive zone the Flyers began a three on one versus Connor Murphy. Unable to keep his footing Murphy fell into the net shortly joined by Ekman-Larsson as Pierre-Edouard Bellemare slides it just under Murphy's shoulder for a goal. Assists go to Wayne Simmonds and Schenn at 17:15.

Stat Report

Philadelphia Flyers Arizona Coyotes
First Period Shots 15 12
Second Period Shots 9 12
Third Period Shots 9 7
Total Shots 33 31
Power Plays 1 for 4 0 for 4
Faceoff Wins 22 36
Save Percentage .935 .879

Paw Prints

  • For the Philadelphia perspective, check out Broad Street Hockey
  • Defenseman Connor Murphy saw the familiar face of his father behind the Flyers bench for just the fourth time in his career.
  • With his goal late in the first period Flyers Captain Claude Giroux notched his 500th career point.
  • Shane Doan skated in his 1447th career game, surpassing Tim Horton to take 24th on the all-time list.
  • This was Max Domi's first game in Philadelphia where his idol Bobby Clarke (also #16) played.
  • With 3 assists in the first period Mark Streit became the first Swiss born player to tally 400 career points.
  • Coyotes have now tied their longest losing streak of the season.

Looking Ahead

Arizona will play their last game of their Eastern road trip against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. Puck drop is at 5PM Arizona time.