The Arizona Coyotes dropped their seventh straight game tonight against the Tampa Bay Light to open the season 0-6-1. And for the second time this season, they allowed multiple goals in the span of five minutes.
After Monday’s loss to the Florida Panthers, it was nice to see the Coyotes start with some urgency. Liam O’Brien and Pat Maroon dropped the gloves at the opening faceoff, and you could tell the Coyotes were ready to go.
The Panthers had shut the Coyotes down in the neutral zone, forcing them to spend most of the first two periods playing defense. The Coyotes were much better at getting out of their own zone and getting through the neutral zone, and they were getting decent offensive zone time.
Unfortunately for the Coyotes, they weren’t playing the tightest in the offensive zone.
Five minutes into the first, a cross-ice pass bounced off the leg of Jan Rutta and onto the stick of Steven Stamkos. Stamkos and Alex Killorn came in on a 2-on-1, and Killorn fired a wrist shot past Ivan Prosvetov to make it a 1-0 game.
The turnovers continued when Alex Killorn picked up a puck two minutes later and scored on a breakaway. Dysin Mayo had slightly overskated it on the Lightning’s blue line, but by then, the Lightning were fully engaged and able to make the Coyotes pay for any small mistake.
Not long after giving up two goals in just over two minutes, the Lightning got their second power play of the game. Andrew Ladd had been called for a retaliatory cross-check, and halfway through the power play, Stamkos bounced the puck off Ivan Prosvetov’s pads from behind the goal line and into the back of the net.
The first period ended with the Coyotes being down 3-0, and not even a late power play could bolster the Coyotes’ offense.
Tampa Bay would add to their lead in the second period, with Alex Barré-Boulet redirecting a shot into the back of the net. The Coyotes would get a late power play when Pat Maroon was called for holding with 33 seconds left in the period.
The Coyotes started the third period with great energy, and they had a few good looks. Despite being down 4-0, they weren’t about to go down without a fight.
Unfortunately for the Desert Dogs, they couldn’t find the back of the net. Their lone goal came midway through the third when Lawson Crouse picked up a pass from Barrett Hayton, ringing the puck off the camera and back out.
NHL Video Highlight - Lawson Crouse rifles a loose puck past Andrei Vasilevskiy high glove side to put the Coyotes on the board and make it 4-1 in the 3rd. pic.twitter.com/axKi0kyYHo— Coyotes Game Bot (@CoyotesGameBot) October 29, 2021
The referees initially missed the call, and it wasn’t until the next stoppage did we get the horn blow alerting the referees.
That was all she wrote for the Coyotes. Andrej Sustr would score his first of the season with less than two minutes left, and the Coyotes would fall 5-1.
The Coyotes did a few things right, and you really get the sense that things could have gone differently if the Lightning weren’t able to get the early goals. But you can’t let a skilled team like the Lightning get those opportunities because they, unlike the Coyotes, will make you pay.
- Alex Killorn - 2 goals, 1 assist
- Andrei Vasilevskiy - 24 saves on 25 shots
- Steven Stamkos - 1 goal, 1 assist
The Coyotes won't have much time to dwell on tonight's loss, they will play the Washington Capitals tomorrow at 4:00 pm.