The Arizona Coyotes’ losing streak continues as they fall 3-1 to the Anaheim Ducks. The loss marks their 11th straight loss to start the season, tying an NHL record shared by the 1943-44 New York Rangers and the 2017-18 Coyotes.
Anaheim set the pace of the game, scoring just 34 seconds after puck drop. It was a relatively simple play, Adam Henrique picked up a pass from behind the goal line and stuffed it past Karel Vejmelka. If Vejmelka had been a half-second quicker, he probably could have stopped it, but it wasn’t an insurmountable lead.
The Coyotes did manage a decent response and were the better team for the latter half of the first. Arizona outshot the Ducks 15-8 in the first period, but as we have seen so many times this season, a penalty would prove to be their undoing.
Liam O’Brien was in the box for goaltender interference, and Sonny Milano picked up a stellar pass from Adam Henrique through the crease to put it home.
Penalties have been a major issue for the Coyotes, and for the third time this road trip, we see the game-winning goal scored on the power play. And even if the other team doesn’t score, we see it kill any offensive momentum the team has.
The Ducks added to their lead midway through the third period when Dysin Mayo got caught out of position. Sam Carrick would get free and deflect a Derek Grant shot past Vejmelka and into the back of the net.
Arizona would get two near back-to-back in the latter half of the second period, but they would fail to find the back of the net. And any hope for a last-minute push was killed when Jay Beagle took a late penalty that would carry over into the third.
Down 3-0, the Coyotes would kill the penalty that carried over into the third. The frustration was starting to boil over, and less than five minutes into the period, Josh Manson, Antoine Roussel, and Liam O’Brien would get tied up with penalties that led to two minutes of 4-on-4.
The Coyotes continued to have a few good looks on the 4-on-4, but they couldn’t find the back of the net.
Not long after the game returned to 5-on-5, we saw our first official fight, with Max Comtois dropping the gloves with Johan Larsson. Ben McCartney would also be assessed a roughing penalty, so the Coyotes were back on the penalty kill as the third period ticked away.
As the seconds ticked away, the Coyotes continued to push. They kept going until the final minute of the game, and Shayne Gostisbehere would get his first goal of the season with just eight seconds left.
Arizona tied for the worst start for the second time in four years, but at least they weren’t shut out in that loss. And for a team that is having this start, that has to mean something.
- Adam Henrique - 1 goal, one assist
- Shayne Gostisbehere - 1 goal
- Anthony Stolarz - 28 saves on 29 shots
The Coyotes are back in action tomorrow night as they host the Seattle Kraken at 7:00 pm Arizona time for the first time.