On Saturday night, the Arizona Coyotes couldn’t hit the net with their shots. Tonight, the Coyotes couldn’t stop hitting Edmonton players with their shots.
Cam Talbot stopped 20 of 21 shots on goal while the Edmonton Oilers blocked another 21 in front of him en route to a 3-1 victory over the Coyotes on Monday night at Rogers Place. The loss was Arizona’s second in a row in regulation against Edmonton.
1-0 Edmonton: The Coyotes turn over the puck in the neutral zone Adam Larsson gets it to Jordan Eberle and Eberle passes it to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who wires it over the glove of Mike Smith at 3:34 of the first.
2-0 Edmonton: Connor Murphy falls down and Zack Kassian gets it Mark Letestu who passed to Jujhar Khaira and it went right past Smith at 11:40 of the second.
3-0 Edmonton: Leon Draisaitl cuts around Lawson Crouse and snipes a goal on Mike Smith at 13:37 of the second.
3-1 Edmonton: While on the power play, Alexander Burmistrov feeds Radim Vrbata who is left alone in front of the Edmonton net and scores on Cam Talbot, ending an almost seven period scoreless draught for the Coyotes, at 17:56 of the second period.
If you turned the game off early, you didn’t miss much. Andrej Sekera took a mid-period penalty and the two teams combined for seven shots. That’s about it.
- Will it be feast or famine for Arizona’s offense? - Famine, yet again. But at least they were able to score one goal.
- Can Arizona hit the net? - According to hockeystats.ca, Arizona had 50 shot attempts on the night. 21 found the net while another 21 were blocked. Overall, much better.
- Can the power play match the penalty kill? - The Coyotes’ power play scored the team’s lone goal on the night thanks to Radim Vrbata and Alexander Burmistrov, while the penalty kill stayed perfect.
Players of the Game
Arizona - Alexander Burmistrov - Burmistrov had the primary assist on the Vrbata goal and led the Coyotes in ice-time in his debut. He looked pretty energized all night long.
Edmonton - Jujhar Khaira - Khaira scored his first career NHL goal with the Oilers. He is just the third player of Punjabi descent to play in the NHL, after Robin Bawa and Manny Malhotra.
- For more on the Edmonton Oilers, check out The Copper & Blue
- With Burmistrov finally entering the lineup, Laurent Dauphin was the odd-man out alongside Kevin Connauton and Josh Jooris.
- Vrbata has now tied Teemu Selanne for 10th most goals with the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes franchise with 147 goals.
- Vrbata also became the first player on the Coyotes to score double-digit goals this season.
- The Coyotes’ penalty kill has now killed off 17 consecutive opposing power plays.
- Connor McDavid’s primary assist on the Leon Draisaitl goal preserved his place at the top of the NHL’s points leaderboard.
Arizona next visits Manitoba for a game against the Winnipeg Jets. Puck drop is at 5:30 PM Arizona time.