The Arizona Coyotes haven’t had a ton of good news this season. But Anthony Duclair breaking out of his doldrums might be good news for next season.
Duclair scored again for Arizona, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Dallas Stars, who took a 3-2 victory in overtime in what was Arizona’s final road game this season.
1-0 Dallas - Off of a defensive zone draw, Anthony DeAngelo immediately cleared the puck...to Nick Ritchie. Ritchie one-timed a shot from the low slot over Mike Smith to get the Stars on the board first. No assists on the goal at 13:54.
2-0 Dallas - For the second time in the period, a DeAngelo turnover ended up in Arizona’s net. This time, DeAngelo fanned on a clearing attempt just inside his own blue-line, and the puck squirted through DeAngelo’s legs, was helped along by Adam Cracknell to Jason Dickinson, and deposited in Arizona’s goal with no other defensemen to cover. Assist to Cracknell on the goal at 17:12.
2-1 Dallas - 12 seconds later, the Coyotes got one back thanks to some great work in front of the Dallas net by Clayton Keller. Keller collected a puck in front from Jamie McGinn, which drew the attention of Antti Niemi and two Dallas defenders. Christian Dvorak was able to sneak in backdoor and score his 15th of the season. Assists to Keller and McGinn on the goal at 17:24.
No scoring in the second period, though Jason Spezza nearly cashed in while Mike Smith misplayed the puck behind his net.
2-2 Tie - Alexander Burmistrov and Max Domi showed what hard work can do, as both fought to hold the puck behind the Dallas net. Domi sent a quick backhander to the front, where Anthony Duclair was waiting to pounce, and his one-timer evened the score at two. Assists to Domi and Burmistrov on the goal at 15:33.
3-2 Dallas - After a long shift in the offensive zone, the Coyotes got trapped in their own end. Julius Honka put Arizona away with his first career NHL goal moving in from the top of the point. Assists to Jason Spezza and Gemel Smith on the overtime goal at 3:45.
- Will the Coyotes end their recent woes against Dallas? - At least they got a point. Arizona hung with the Stars for most of the night, but the inability to score on their long offensive zone shift in overtime cost them.
- Will Anthony Duclair score again? - Yep. Duclair has had several chances in front of the net this season, but these ones are starting to go in.
- Can the Coyotes contain the Dynamic duo of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn? - Seguin and Benn combined for a total of zero points and five shots. That’s about as good as you can get if you are trying to defend them.
Players of the Game
Arizona - Anthony Duclair - Duclair looks energized now that he’s scored twice in as many games. He’s primed to bounce back next season.
Dallas - Julius Honka - Julius Honka is a big part of the team’s future plans on the blueline, which is an area they desperately need to strengthen. Plus, his game winner gave us the excuse to write this:
The Stars Honka the horn as Julius scores his first career NHL goal in overtime.— Five For Howling (@Five4Howling) April 5, 2017
- For more on the Dallas Stars, check out Defending Big D
- In addition to Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s leave of absence to deal with the death of his mother, the Coyotes were without Radim Vrbata and Shane Doan for tonight’s game.
- Clayton Keller played 10:54 in his first game not against his hometown St. Louis Blues.
- Jason Dickinson’s first period goal was his first since April 7th, 2016, the night he made his NHL debut.
- With 15 goals, Christian Dvorak is just one goal behind Tobias Rieder for second in team scoring.
Arizona welcomes the Vancouver Canucks to town for the penultimate game of the season on Thursday night. Puck drop is at 7 PM Arizona time.