It took all of nine minutes and seventeen seconds for the warm feelings from Saturday night's win against Florida to fade away. Once again, despite a relatively decent team game, the Arizona Coyotes could not secure a point.
The Colorado Avalanche tallied one goal per period in their 3-1 victory over the Coyotes on Monday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Arizona's loss came in their own broadcast on NBC Sports Network this season.
1-0 Colorado: Shawn Matthias opened the scoring midway through the first period by being in the right place at the right time. Francois Beauchemin took a shot from the near-side faceoff circle that fluttered above the net. Matthias, who had just passed the puck up the boards from behind the net, skated to the far-side of the net, and was in perfect position to edge the puck over the goal line past a sprawling Louis Domingue. Assists to Beauchemin and Carl Soderberg on the goal at 9:17.
2-0 Colorado: Usually, taking just two penalties in an entire game is a recipe for success. Unfortunately for Arizona, Colorado needed just one power play to get it right. As the Coyotes attempted to run out the clock in the neutral zone, Mikhail Grigorenko caught Nicklas Grossmann too far up the ice and led a three-on-one rush into the zone. Between him, Blake Comeau, and finally Matt Duchene, the Coyotes never had a chance. Assists to Comeau and Grigorenko on the power play goal at 5:40.
3-0 Colorado: This goal is going to sting a little. Kevin Connauton appeared to catch a high stick from Jarome Iginla after a turnover on the far-side boards. No penalty was called however, and with Connauton holding his face the rest of the Avs created a melee in front of Louis Domingue that Mikhail Grigorenko eventually cleaned up. Assists to Duchene and Iginla on the goal at 5:37.
3-1 Colorado: If there was a silver lining to tonight's game, it was that one of Arizona's unsung heroes finally got himself a goal this season. Some excellent play behind the net by Kevin Connauton and Sergei Plotnikov lead to a wraparound attempt that did not find the net. It did however trickle into the slot, where Boyd Gordon was waiting to pot his first of the season. Assists to Plotnikov and Connauton on the goal at 8:47.
|Arizona Coyotes||Colorado Avalanche|
|First Period Shots||11||12|
|Second Period Shots||14||15|
|Third Period Shots||13||10|
|Power Plays||0 for 3||1 for 2|
- For the Colorado perspective, check out Mile High Hockey.
- Kyle Chipchura had to leave Denver early after his wife went into labor. She successfully gave birth to the couple's first child: a daughter they named Noelle. Congratulations!
- The other scratches for Arizona were Jarred Tinordi, Zbynek Michalek, and Viktor Tikhonov. Eric Gelinas was cleared to play for the Avalanche tonight, and logged 14:27.
- Every Coyote who took faceoffs was 50% or better in the dot, save Max Domi, who lost the only draw he took.
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson left tonight's game early after taking an awkward hit from Duchene, which you can see here:
- OEL is officially listed as day-to-day.
- Prior to tonight, Semyon Varlamov had started only three games since February 21st. He allowed 11 goals in those three appearances.
- Sergei Plotnikov's primary assist on the Gordon goal was his first as a member of the Coyotes.
- Gordon's goal was his first since January 27th, 2015, against the Minnesota Wild. He was a member of the Edmonton Oilers organization at that time.
Arizona is off to Vancouver to take on the Canucks on Wednesday night. Puck drop is at 8 PM Arizona time.