The Arizona Coyotes may have just received a reality check coming in the form of a crushing 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins.
Boston is hardly setting the hockey world on fire, much like their counterparts in the Coyotes and the scoreboard represented the mental divide the two teams; one with an experienced leadership group and the other filled to the brim with young talent.
It all started in nightmarish fashion for the Sedona Red, giving up a goal 15 seconds into the match. However, they quickly set the ship straight and the score was level by the end of the period thanks to brilliant individual effort by Christian Dvorak.
Then came the second period where possession was largely controlled by Arizona but who were unable to capitalize on their control. When Boston finally got their own act together and scored to regain the lead and never let go of the steering wheel.
The saying goes; “when it rains, it pours.” And pour it certainly did for the Bruins once they took back their lead. Another goal in the second followed and then 3 more in the third to absolutely send the Coyotes off with their tails between their legs.
1-0 Bruins: 15 seconds into the match and Boston open the scoring. The Bruins make a triangle passing play starting from behind the goal line, passing to the right face-off circle and then to the left circle where Brad Marchand shoots it in with a quick wrist shot.
1-1 Tie: Christian Dvorak knocks a Boston clearing attempt down and then drives hard to the net with haste. He arrives just before the Bruin defenders can get back and makes a nifty band-hand move to best Tuukka Rask, unassisted.
What a set of mitts on Dvo! 1-1 tie now with just over 2 minutes left in the first pic.twitter.com/tLuOo5K8G5— Five For Howling (@Five4Howling) December 8, 2017
2-1 Bruins: David Backes tips a shot in traffic up high and over Scott Wedgewood’s glove.
3-1 Bruins: David Backes at it again, intercepting a weak cross-D pass from Alex Goligoski and then driving hard to the net in a similar style to Dvorak in the first period. Also like Dvorak, Backes scores by banking the puck in off the right post, only his shot was off his forehand.
4-1 Bruins: With Luke Schenn joining Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the box to start the third period, the Boston Bruins capitalize on the ensuing 5-on-3 power play. An incredibly smooth passing play allows David Krejci to score an unstoppable goal that Wedgewood had no chance on.
PUCK MOVEMENT pic.twitter.com/OS32A6MU5C— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) December 8, 2017
5-1 Boston: The Coyotes get caught defending a 2-on-1 chance with Jason Demers the lone Desert Dog back to defend. Wedgewood makes the initial save on Riley Nash but the rebound spills to Danton Heinen who puts it home.
6-1 Boston: Less than a minute later, Anders Bjork puts home a back door tap in after he and Krejci casually skate through the entire Arizona squad on the ice as if they are playing a street hockey match, passing back and forth as they go.
Will the Coyotes be able to break the Boston streak?
Will the Bruins give the Coyotes the backup treatment?
The Bruins played their starter, Tuukka Rask and it probably paid off. Though the final score is awfully ugly, brushed off what chances Arizona had while they were in control when the result was still in limbo. A backup may, or may not have, been able to kill the opposition’s momentum as Rask did.
Is Kyle Capobianco going to get to debut in the NHL?
The 2015 draftee Kyle Capobianco drew into the lineup, wearing number 75, and replaced Kevin Connauton on the third pairing with Luke Schenn. He finished his debut with 13:33 minutes of ice time, 3 hits, 1 block, 1 giveaway, 1 takeaway and a +/- of -1.
Bonus Question: Will we get to see another episode of Road Trippin’ with Biz?
The answer to this question is yet to be clear as the second part of the Max Domi episode of Road Trippin’ with Biz in Toronto was only released 24 hours ago. So it may be some time until we see a Boston episode if it was indeed filmed.
Players of the Game
Arizona - Christian Dvorak - He is the Coyotes’ player of the game largely by default on account of being their only goal scorer for the evening with his brilliant individual effort. Afterwards he was mostly quiet, joining the rest of Arizona in a forgettable night.
Montreal - David Backes - Scored the game winning goal and the insurance goal, putting the Coyotes to bed.
Third Star: BOS - P.BERGERON (2A)
Second Star: BOS - B.MARCHAND (1G, 1A)
First Star: BOS - D. BACKES (2G)
- For more on the Boston Bruins, head on over to Stanley Cup of Chowder.
- Healthy scratches for the Coyotes tonight were Nick Cousins and Kevin Connauton.
- Scott Wedgewood remained in net for the Coyotes with Antti Raanta making his return via the bench, serving as the backup for the night.
- The Coyotes had no power play opportunities of their own and finished the night killing 3 of the Bruins’ 4 power plays.
- While the scores were still level at 1-1, Anthony Duclair had one hell of a spectacular chance during the second period, see it below:
Holy Foley! Check out this move by Anthony Duclair! pic.twitter.com/ZeWPziIOPe— Five For Howling (@Five4Howling) December 8, 2017
The Coyotes stay on the road for the second game of their current three game road trip. Next stop, Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets. Puck drop is at 5:00 p.m. MT on Saturday night and can be viewed on Fox Sports Arizona Plus or tuned into on ESPN 620 AM.