The Arizona Coyotes knew they were going to have a rough game against the Vegas Golden Knights. After dropping the first two games the Coyotes came back and had a great and won the third game. Vegas was going to respond, the question was if the Coyotes would be ready.
Apparently not. They were flat most of the game and Vegas picked up the win with 42.7 seconds left to go in the game.
The Coyotes were pretty flat the first two periods of the game. They were good defensively, and they kept Vegas from setting up in the offensive zone. But they were terrible in the faceoff circle, unable to get pucks through to the net, and only Darcy Kuemper kept the team in the game.
But goaltending and defense can keep a team in games. And Arizona stayed in the game, far longer than they should have.
This game had far fewer penalties than the previous games in the series. The Coyotes had only two power play opportunities, one in the first and one in the second. Neither looked particularly good, although the final seconds of the second power play could have been something to build off of if Conor Garland hadn't taken a penalty immediately after the power play ended.
That was it for the entire game. The Coyotes would show a bit of life, but an errant pass or a bad turnover would break things up before they could make anything happen. They were keeping Vegas off the scoresheet, but they didn't appear to have much energy to do anything else.
If the Coyotes were going to win they needed to get lucky and Darcy Kuemper needed to be perfect.
When the third period started the Coyotes had a bit more life, they at least looked better than they did during the first 40. But Vegas was able to match the increase in pace and the game remained scoreless.
And it looked like the Coyotes may be able to at least force overtime. But with less than a minute to go William Karlsson crashed the net and connected with a Jonathan Marchessault pass and put home the game-winner. It was a brutal ending to the game.
- The fourth line of Lawson Crouse, Johan Larsson, and Christian Fischer was probably the best of the night. Not only did Tocchet start that line but he gave them big minutes in the final minutes of a tied game.
- Vegas received a bench minor for interference and you don't see that every day.
- The third line of Derick Brassard, Christian Dvorak, and Tyler Pitlick didn't do much for me. None of the lines looked especially productive though.
- The same goes with Barrett Hayton centering Clayton Keller and Phil Kessel. Phil had a really good look and had some good work but we need that line to score.
- Jakob Chychrun led the team in shots on goal. If nothing else he is at least trying to make stuff happen.
- The Coyotes won only 39% of the faceoffs. It definitely contributed to them being unable to get anything going offensively.
- William Karlsson - Game-winning goal
- Darcy Kuemper - .963 save percentage
- Marc-André Fleury - 16 saves on 16 shots
The Coyotes host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday at 7 pm.