In retrospect, it was probably too much to ask for the Arizona Coyotes to win back-to-back games and start their first three game winning streak of the season on the same night. But asking for a respectable follow-up to a four goal period last night against the Jets seemed reasonable.
That didn’t happen, as the Arizona Coyotes were blanked by Jonathan Bernier and Anaheim Ducks 3-0 at Gila River Arena on Saturday night. The loss ended a three game point streak that began last Friday in Anaheim.
1-0 Anaheim - Hampus Lindholm put the Ducks on the board first with a shot so quick the referee initially didn’t see it. His shot bounced off the interior crossbar and out of the net, but was subsequently confirmed on video review. Assists to Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the goal at 5:49.
No scoring in the second period and only one total power play. The Ducks couldn’t seem to put the Coyotes away anymore than the Coyotes could even the score.
2-0 Anaheim - Nick Ritchie put the Coyotes seriously behind the eight-ball early in the third period by catching Michael Stone and Louis Domingue in no-man’s land. Domingue reached out to the slot to poke the puck towards Stone, but Ritchie closed the gap too quickly for Domingue to fully leave his crease. Stone was expecting the Domingue pass, and wasn’t in position to prevent Ritchie from quickly snapping the puck home. Assist to Ondrej Kase on the goal at :35.
3-0 Anaheim - The Coyotes had already pulled Domingue and were attempting to cut Anaheim’s lead in half when they were forced behind their own empty net. Martin Hanzal’s attempted outlet pass from the corner was intercepted by Ryan Kesler, who had no trouble putting the puck home from the near-side faceoff dot. No assists on the empty-net goal at 19:39.
- Can the Coyotes score four more? - Can the Coyotes score one more? Hello? Anyone?
- Will Arizona’s solid penalty kill continue? - Anaheim got two power play opportunities and couldn’t convert on either. Arizona’s penalty kill continues its steady improvement.
- Can the Coyotes keep their foot on the gas? - Arizona outshot the Ducks in two of three periods and had the shot attempt edge from the 4:23 mark of the first period on. Shot accuracy however was a major issue.
Players of the Game
Anaheim - Jonathan Bernier - Bernier had not played since December 20th, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell from his play tonight. He made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season.
Arizona - Brendan Perlini - Perlini had a couple of golden opportunities in the first period, but wasn’t able to keep his scoring streak alive. Still, he took four shots on goal and had a shot attempt differential of +13.
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- Alexander Burmistrov still has not played for the Arizona Coyotes after being claimed off waivers last week.
- With its two for two showing tonight, Arizona has now killed off 15 power plays in a row.
- Anaheim has now won six of its last seven games.
- Ryan Kesler now has 18 goals in 45 games. His season high while in Anaheim is 21 goals in 79 games.
- Arizona finished the night with 26 shots. They had 66 shot attempts.
Arizona heads to Alberta next for a game against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. Puck drop is at 7 PM Arizona time on Monday night.