It was the same old story for the Coyotes in this young season tonight - a fast start, lots of zone time, but a blown lead and a nightmare 2nd period leaving them nothing to show for it. The Bruins took advantage of slack defensive play and a shaky night from Louis Domingue to hit the Coyotes for six.
1-0 Coyotes - Kempe (1) - Fifteen minutes in the Coyotes pressure finally paid off for Mario Kempe. Good pressure along the left half-boards from Nick Cousins on a delayed penalty saw a backhand flip find Luke Schenn. He fed the puck right into Anthony Duclair’s wheelhouse on the right circle for a blast which hit the Swede in front and beat Khudobin to put the Coyotes up and give Kempe his first career NHL goal.
1-1 Bruins: Pastrnak (2) - The theme of the Coyotes not holding a lead well continued as the Bruins fired back quickly. Brandon Carlo teeing up Zdeno Chara from the right circle for an absolute rocket of a one-timer that hit Pastrnak hard in front and deceived Domingue. He looked slightly slow to cover a shot that looked to be going well wide until it hit Pastrnak.
2-1 Bruins - DeBrusk (2) - The Bruins went on the powerplay early in the second, and it saw them take the lead in the simplest fashion. David Krejci and Charlie McAvoy exchanging passes before Krejci unleashed a rocket from the left circle. DeBrusk reached out to tip it past Domingue’s glove to go into an early-second-period league.
3-1 Bruins - Chara (1) - The 40-year-old defenseman and man mountain both started and finished this move. Battling and winning the puck in his own zone before setting up a breakout that allowed Pastrnak and Marchand to test the Coyotes defense with their speed. The two exchanging passes before a rebound found the trailing Chara, who had left Keller behind and poked the puck over a flailing Domingue into the roof of the net for three-one.
4-1 Bruins - Marchand (3) - Another goal that owed a lot to Zdeno Chara’s superb play. The defenseman saw Marchand streaking down the left side on the breakaway before cutting inside. Then switching to the backhand and lifting the puck over a sprawling Domingue with a fine finish.
4-2 Coyotes - Ekman-Larsson (PP) (1) - A trademark Oliver Ekman-Larsson blast through traffic after good work on the powerplay from Derek Stepan and Jason Demers.
5-2 Bruins - Schaller (1) - Tim Schaller gets a goal for the Bruins fourth line. By banking the puck home after Heinen and Kuraly gave him the opportunity with some intelligent play and Domingue fumbled Heinen’s initial shot.
6-2 Bruins - Bjork (PP) (1) - Anders Bjork gets his first NHL goal after a pass from Kuraly ricocheted to him off Danton Heinen’s leg for the easiest of tap-ins. This provided an exclamation point on the night for Boston and a nightmare end to the night for Louis Domingue.
For a game that started so positively in the first ten minutes, this was really a painful watch. The Coyotes seemed to lose all momentum when the Bruins equalized immediately after their goal, and it just went downhill from there. The pregame question answers were clear, however:
Will the first line stay together?
It did, but not for long. Max Domi found himself rotating time with Kempe on the wing as Stepan moved to wing and Clayton Keller to center. Then as things got tougher for the Coyotes, Stepan was rotated out of the line with Nick Cousins replacing him. Whatever Rick Tocchet did, however, it seemed to have little effect tonight.
Who will be in goal?
It was Louis Domingue. He started well but was left flailing and out of position giving up a big rebound for Chara to put home for the third goal. He also made a few decent saves throughout the game, including a big one on a Sean Kuraly breakaway in the second period. He couldn’t do anywhere near enough to keep the Coyotes in the game, however, being beaten four times in the second period alone.
Can the team put it all together?
They may be able to eventually, but they didn’t tonight. Domingue continues to not inspire confidence in net, and while the talent is clearly there, all the guns aren’t firing at the same time. .heree are fundamental errors still being made which Rick Tocchet needs to address right now, because this losing is in danger of becoming a bad habit.
Players of the Game:
Boston Bruins - Zdeno Chara
The 40-year-old Slovak is still one of the biggest presences on the Bruins, both figuratively and literally. A true captain leads by example, and Chara did that tonight in a way that was exemplified perfectly by the Bruins 3rd goal. saw him both start and finish the move with solid defensive play in his own end, a perfect breakout and then timing his arrival in the crease perfectly to knock home a rebound, before firing a truly superb pass to free Brad Marchand on a breakaway for Bruins’ fourth goal.
Arizona Coyotes - Mario Kempe
Kempe got himself a much-increased role tonight, with his first ever NHL goal. He didn’t look out of place playing with Keller and Stepan on the top unit, and had several chances to score after doing so in the first, too.
1st Star - Zdeno Chara (BOS)
2nd Star - Brad Marchand (BOS)
3rd Star - Mario Kempe (ARI)
Yup. Can’t argue with that one at all.
- Tonight’s attendance at Gila River Arena was 14,810.
- Check out our friends over at Stanley Cup Of Chowder to get th Bruins perspective on tonight’s game!
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson now leads the Coyotes franchise in PP goals with his 41st tonight.
- This is the worst start to a season in Arizona franchise history, at 0-4-1, and the Coyotes are the only winless team in the NHL.
- Both Mario Kempe and Anders Bjork scored their first NHL goals tonight, in what is the first time two Swedes have done so in the same game.
- Coyotes had a horrible night in the faceoff dot, losing 80% of faceoffs on the powerplay alone, although the final game totals saw them win 49%.