The Arizona Coyotes returned home from a tough road trip, still searching for their first win. It took a massive comeback, but the Coyotes won their first game after beating the Seattle Kraken 5-4 in regulation.
It was a wild game from start to finish. The first three shots of the match-up all resulted in goals, and a minute into the game, the Coyotes already needed to pull Karel Vejmelka after giving up goals to Jordan Eberle and Yanni Gourde.
But with Scott Wedgewood in net, the Coyotes would slowly begin their comeback. It would be the second time the Coyotes put Wedgewood in net to help stop an 11 game losing streak to start the season.
It only took 34 seconds for the Coyotes to cut the Kraken’s lead in half. It was a simple play that started with Shayne Gostisbehere forcing a turnover in the neutral zone. Gostisbehere got the puck up to Antoine Roussel, who came in with speed and fired the puck past Philipp Grubauer to reduce the Coyotes’ deficit to one.
The Kraken would regain their two-goal lead midway through the first when Nathan Bastian scored his first of the season. The first period ended with the two teams taking matching minor penalties and playing 4-on-4 hockey going into the second period.
The Coyotes couldn’t make anything happen 4-on-4, but it didn’t take them long to chip away at the Kraken’s lead. The Coyotes had the puck in the offensive zone, and Shayne Gostisbehere found Christian Fischer in front of the net. Fischer elected to pass the puck to Travis Boyd on the side of the net, who redirected it home and reduced the Kraken’s lead to one.
The Coyotes had to kill a late Ben McCartney high-sticking penalty, but the second period ended with the Coyotes down by one, with twenty minutes left in regulation. The Coyotes dug a deep hole to start the game, but they stayed calm and looked engaged.
It didn’t take long for the Coyotes to find the equalizer. In the first minute of the third, Johan Larsson collected the puck behind the net and centered it up to a streaking Lawson Crouse.
Just squeezing on in here. pic.twitter.com/YEIwXc4UWK— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) November 7, 2021
Crouse skated in towards the top of the faceoff circles and fired it on net and past Grubauer, tying the game at 3-3.
Midway through the period, the Coyotes would gain their first lead on their first power play of the game.
Go ahead goal from Mr. Thrill himself! pic.twitter.com/PgnMGB4ejs— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) November 7, 2021
It was early in the Coyotes’ power play, and they had been doing an excellent job at moving the puck around and finding space. Eventually, Phil Kessel found himself alone in front of the net, and he was able to pick up a Clayton Keller pass and fire it home.
Of course, this is the Coyotes we are talking about, so things couldn’t be that easy. The Kraken would tie up the game with 1:18 left in regulation from a Mark Giordano goal, and it looked like the game would be going to overtime.
But just 13 seconds later, Johan Larsson would pick up the puck behind the Kraken’s net again and send a centering pass up to a streaking Crouse. Crouse didn’t miss his second time either, and with just over a minute left in the game, the Coyotes regained the lead.
After game after game, where the team’s offense had completely dried up, it was great to see the Coyotes dig deep and come back and win the game. It was a shaky start, but the Coyotes stayed engaged and earned their win.
We didn’t see any of the problems we expected from the Coyotes in last night’s game. The Coyotes only took three penalties and managed to kill off both Kraken power plays. And they found a chance to execute on their lone power play and scored a goal that would lead to their victory.
Everyone knows this season is going to be a rough one for the Coyotes. Arizona is in the early stages of a rebuild and focused more on the draft, leading to a poorer product on the ice. But they aren’t going to lose every game, and they can still play some entertaining hockey.
- Lawson Crouse - 2 goals
- Shayne Gostisbehere - 3 assists
- Scott Wedgewood - 27 saves on 29 shots
The Coyotes stay in Arizona and will next face off against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, November 10th at 8:00 pm.