The Arizona Coyotes needed something, anything to change their fortunes. A timely goal. A big fight. Something.
Unfortunately, the timely goals were not to be found. And the big fight didn't come soon enough. All of that equaled a 5-1 loss at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena on Thursday night.
1-0 Anaheim: The night did not begin well for Niklas Treutle. Treutle went to bang the puck up the left wing boards from behind the net, but instead hit the puck straight into Corey Perry coming the other way. From the bounce off Perry, Jamie McGinn swooped in from the right wing to behind the net, collected the puck and completed a wrap-around goal past Treutle who was nonchalantly moving back into position in his crease and was caught off guard. An ugly first goal against for Treutle. Assist to Corey Perry at 4:52.
2-0 Anaheim: Early in their first power play of the night, he Anaheim Ducks entered their offensive zone on the left wing in a clumsy fashion that provoked the Coyotes penalty kill to become aggressive in their attempts to retrieve the puck. Perry managed to draw three Coyotes toward him before dishing the puck off to Rickard Rakell at the far side post Rakell was alone on the far-side post as even though Antoine Vermette (the only Coyote not to charge at Perry) hadn't physically been drawn to Perry, he was still visually fixed on Perry's play and didn't see Rakell making a run for the net. Assists to Corey Perry and Sami Vatanen on the power play at 5:38.
3-0 Anaheim: After Michael Stone was forced to the bench by blocking a shot with his nose, the Ducks pounced (or did whatever a predatory duck does) on the power play again. Jordan Martinook and Vermette got caught out of position on the play as Martinook followed a pass along the point he should have left for Vermette, while Vermette failed to cover the player Martinook left open when he followed the pass. That player was Cam Fowler, and after receiving the puck back from Vatanen on a one-two passing play, Fowler slap shot the puck home. Assists to Sami Vatanen and Ryan Kesler at 1:33.
3-1 Anaheim: The Coyotes finally scored thanks to renowned Duck-hunter Anthony Duclair. After a mostly messy power play, Max Domi won a board battle to the left side of the Ducks' own goal. He moved toward behind the net, before flipping a short saucer puck over a defender's stick and to the tape of Anthony Duclair who had mirrored Domi's movements but in front of the net. Duclair then thread the puck over Frederik Andersen's glove and into the top right corner of the goal. Assists to Max Domi and Connor Murphy at 9:02.
4-1 Anaheim: After the Coyotes' goal, Arizona's momentum grew and grew, right up until it was killed by coincidental minors to Oliver Ekman-Larsson and David Perron for roughing. The Anaheim Ducks controlled the play during the ensuing four on four. Ryan Kesler controlled the puck in the Ducks' offensive zone and cycled from deep on the right side, all the way around to high on the left side before making a diagonal pass down to the far side post. An unmarked Josh Manson was waiting, and he hit the puck home into a wide open net to make the score 4-1. Assists to Ryan Kesler and Jamie McGinn at 13:59.
5-1 Anaheim: In the dying minutes of the second period the Ducks found themselves with the man advantage yet again. Treutle failed to control a slap shot from Kevin Bieksa and a big rebound found the puck on the end of Perry's stick who scored the easiest of goals against a slow Treutle. Assists to Kevin Bieksa and Hampus Lindholm at 19:00. Brad Richardson took a cross checking penalty immediately after the goal, sending the Ducks straight back onto the power play.
The third period was scoreless despite the Coyotes managing to out shoot the Ducks 2 to 1 and get some time on the power play.
|Anaheim Ducks||Arizona Coyotes|
|First Period Shots||9||9|
|Second Period Shots||7||9|
|Third Period Shots||5||10|
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Hours before tonight's game, Sarah McLellan of AZCentral.com revealed that:
"Goalie Niklas Treutle will make his first NHL start tonight."
- Recently Acquired Coyote Alex Tanguay sat in the press box against the Ducks as a healthy scratch, with him sat Klas Dahlbeck, Craig Cunningham and Zbynek Michalek.
- The Anaheim Ducks started both the second and third periods on the power play and scored at the beginning of the second period with the man advantage.
- In a game where many penalties were awarded against the Coyotes, at least three clear penalties against the Ducks were left uncalled: cross checking Viktor Tikhonov, cross checking Oliver Ekman-Larsson and tripping Tobias Rieder. The Coyotes did get some power play opportunities late in the game, but that was long after the result of the game had been cemented.
- A combined total of 26 penalties were called during the match, worth a potential 72 penalty minutes.
- In the dying minutes of a 5-1 game, Ducks forward Ryan Garbutt delivered a hard check to Oliver Ekman-Larsson near the Arizona bench. Max Domi took exception, and skated over to Garbutt to stick up for his teammate. After a cross-check to the back to get Garbutt's attention, Domi spun Garbutt around and fought him in a display his teammates greatly appreciated. Domi received an instigator penalty on the play and as it occurred in the dying minutes of the match he may be forced to sit out for the Coyotes next man.
- Niklas Treutle was on the bench to start the third period, with Louis Domingue to finish the night. Not the start to his NHL career Treutle was looking for.
- In relief of Treutle, Domingue stopped all 5 shots he faced during the third period.
- Both Michael Stone and Nicklas Grossmann took pucks to the head from Anaheim Duck shots in valiant efforts to protect the net. Thankfully both players returned to the ice shortly after each incident.
- Attendance: 11,999.
The Coyotes will stay at home for one more game, taking on the Florida Panthers for the second time in two weeks. Puck drop is on Saturday night at 7:00pm Arizona time.