The Arizona Coyotes brought the offense. They brought the penalty kill. They even brought the power play. But they forgot the defense.
Despite highly entertaining contest, the Coyotes fell 5-4 in overtime to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at Gila River Arena. They did come away with a crucial standings point in the ultra-competitive Pacific Division playoff race.
1-0 Arizona: The Coyotes' power play gave Arizona a much needed boost. A clean zone entry by the Coyotes paid dividends as Martin Hanzal drew attention in the far-side corner. He found a streaking Oliver Ekman-Larsson for a goal from the low slot to open the scoring. Assists to Hanzal and Max Domi on the power play goal at 17:12.
1-1 Tie: Marian Hossa is so good. Hossa won a puck battle on the goal line on the near-side boards, and skated the puck in all by himself. Louis Domingue tried to cheat to cut off the move through the crease, but Hossa is too experienced to let Domingue get away with it. He tucked the puck in near-side to even the score. Unassisted goal at 2:53.
2-1 Chicago: Oliver Ekman-Larsson giveth, Oliver Ekman-Larsson taketh away. OEL's ill-advised pinch led to a two-on-one between Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews. That two-on-one ended exactly as you might expect: with a Toews goal. Assists to Hossa and Trevor van Riemsdyk on the shorthanded goal at 4:00.
2-2 Tie: Arizona's power play got the job done again. As cold as he has been of late, Mikkel Boedker can do magical things with space and time. Chicago gave him both, and he made them pay. Assists to Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Michael Stone on the power play goal at 12:26.
3-2 Arizona: Less than 10 seconds later, the Coyotes regained the lead after Brad Richardson and Jordan Martinook caught Brent Seabrook napping. Richardson fanned on the shot, but the puck slid over to Martinook's stick, and his momentum was enough to re-direct the puck past Corey Crawford. Assists to Richardson and Viktor Tikhonov on the goal at 12:35.
3-3 Tie: Apparently nobody wanted to win this game. Patrick Kane was given even more space to work with than Mikkel Boedker, which ended predictably for the league's leading scorer. Assist to Artemi Panarin on the goal at 14:10.
4-3 Chicago: The Coyotes continue to allow soft goals on defense. This time, Artem Anisimov received way to much space in the middle of the net. Michal Rozsival crashed the net behind him, and scored his first goal of the season against his former team. Assists to Anisimov and Artemi Panarin on the goal at 7:18.
4-4 Arizona: I reiterate: nobody wanted to win this game. The rare wraparound move worked for Shane Doan, who beat Crawford below the blocker despite the fact that Crawford got over to the near-side post first. A very forgettable goal for Crawford. Assists to Jordan Martinook and Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the goal at 11:30.
5-4 Chicago: After several great scoring chances (and a missed slash) for Arizona, Chicago advanced down the ice and won it on a Jonathan Toews wrist shot from the slot. Assists to Brent Seabrook and Artemi Panarin on the overtime goal at 4:31.
|Chicago Blackhawks||Arizona Coyotes|
|First Period Shots||5||7|
|Second Period Shots||16||11|
|Third Period Shots||15 (+4 OT)||7 (+3 OT)|
|Power Plays||0 for 4||2 for 4|
- For the Chicago perspective, check out Second City Hockey.
- Jarred Tinordi continued to sit out with an undisclosed issue.
- Arizona's two goal outburst in the second period was triggered by an eerily familiar sight for Coyotes fans. Andrew Shaw leveled Zbynek Michalek behind the Coyotes net, which undoubtedly prompted memories of Shaw's behind-the-net hit on Mike Smith during the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals.
- The shorthanded goal surrendered to Toews was Arizona's 10th of the season. They are the only team to give up double-digit shorthanded goals so far this year.
- With the wraparound goal, Shane Doan is now just three points away from tying Dale Hawerchuk for most points in franchise history.
- Toews' overtime goal was his league leading fifth of the season.
- Attendance: 17,125
Arizona flies out tonight to play the surging Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. Puck drop is at 8 PM Arizona time.