The Arizona Coyotes needed something to happen to reverse their fortunes in the Pacific Division. A lucky bounce. A fluky goal. Anything.
Instead, a series of mental errors at key times doomed the Coyotes to a 5-2 defeat against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on Friday night.
1-0 Arizona: A fortuitous bounce worked in the Coyotes' favor early in the first period, as Corey Perry whiffed on a defensive zone clear and inadvertently kicked the puck to Shane Doan. Doan appreciated the gesture, and centered the puck to Tobias Rieder for a tap-in goal. Assist to Doan on the goal at 1:34.
1-1 Tie: Arizona managed to succesfully kill off Anaheim's third power play of the night, but Antoine Vermette was unable to get back in position in time to prevent the Ducks from tying the game. Hampus Lindholm found a soft area in the coverage, and unleashed a wicked wrister that Anders Lindback had trouble seeing. Assists to Rickard Rakell and Patrick Maroon on the goal at 4:00.
2-1 Anaheim: Maybe the Coyotes should put a moratorium on goalies playing the puck. Lindback whiffs on a clearing attempt from behind the net, which gives Mike Santorelli an easy chance to swipe the puck and tuck it in to an empty net. No assists on the goal at 5:06.
2-2 Tie: Looking back, Shane Doan's continued longevity in the NHL is going to be truly special. The 39 year old scored his team leading 19th goal of the season thanks to a great play by Antoine Vermette to inch further down the near-side boards and create a rebound opportunity for Doan in front. Assists to Vermette and Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the power play goal at 14:55.
3-2 Anaheim: A comedy of errors by the Coyotes restored Anaheim's lead. Viktor Tikhonov dove to block a centering pass from behind Arizona's net, and not only missed, but knocked over Anders Lindback in the process. It was an easy matter for Corey Perry to collect the puck and score for the Ducks. Assists to Rickard Rakell and Patrick Maroon on the goal at 2:07.
4-2 Anaheim: The Coyotes continued to fall apart. Martin Hanzal took a cross-check in the corner, and on the ensuing delayed penalty call, Kevin Bieksa found the Coyote-killer Andrew Cogliano in front of the net for the tap-in goal. Assists to Bieksa and Ryan Kesler on the goal at 3:48.
5-2 Anaheim: Down late in the third, Oliver Ekman-Larsson took a chance on the penalty kill to break up the zone entry and missed. Ryan Kesler kept the puck, skated in, and fed Patrick Maroon past a sprawling Michael Stone to put the game to bed. Assists to Kesler and Sami Vatanen on the power play goal at 16:25.
|Arizona Coyotes||Anaheim Ducks|
|First Period Shots||6||14|
|Second Period Shots||11||13|
|Third Period Shots||8||14|
|Power Plays||1 for 5||1 for 7|
- For the Anaheim perspective, check out Anaheim Calling.
- Jarred Tinordi made it back into the lineup after missing a couple of games with an undisclosed issue.
- Boyd Gordon did not play tonight after he appeared to injure his hand blocking a shot last night against Chicago. Zbynek Michalek left briefly in the first period after blocking a shot but returned.'
- In addition to putting Doan within one of tying Dale Hawerchuk's career point total, Doan's power play goal tied the franchise record for most power play goals with 122.
- Anaheim's fifth goal of the night was waved off for goaltender interference. On the power play, Anaheim attacked the net. While Patrick Maroon was able to eventually bury the puck, the referees determined on review that Ryan Kesler knocked Anders Lindback's stick out of his hands and impeded his ability to play the puck.
- Martin Hanzal took three penalties in the third period, the last of which resulted in Anaheim's lone power play tally on the night.
- Arizona has now conceded 21 goals in their last four games.
- Since the Christmas break, Anaheim is 14-3-1.
Arizona has four days off before playing the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. Puck drop is at 7:30 Arizona time.