Things started so well for the Desert Dogs. After being limited to one goal in three games against the Minnesota Wild, they made it on the scoresheet early.
Nick Schmaltz recovered the puck in the corner of the offensive zone and sent it to Conor Garland in front of the net. Garland fired the past home, and just over a minute into the game, the Coyotes had a 1-0 lead.
The “Short Leash” Line had been reunited, and they looked good. This time it was Garland setting up the play from behind the net, passing it upfront. Clayton Keller fired it over Ryan Miller’s shoulder, and suddenly it was a 2-0 lead.
Arizona had a chance to add to their lead not long after Keller’s goal. Rickard Rakell was called for tripping at 11:31 in the first, and the Coyotes had their first power play of the game.
It was not a good power play, and the Ducks gained plenty of momentum from the kill. And two minutes after the Coyotes’ power play, the Ducks took their first power play.
Arizona would kill the penalty and finish with a 2-0 lead. They were also outshot 10-4, a sign that the Ducks had started to retake the momentum.
The Coyotes had another chance to add to their lead eight minutes into the second. But again, they failed to convert. And not long after the Ducks killed the penalty, they cut the Coyotes’ lead in half. Jamie Drysdale scored his first game in the NHL.
It was a good night for the Ducks rookies. Two and a half minutes after Drysdale scored, Trevor Zegras got his first NHL goal.
Arizona won the first period, and Anaheim had taken the second. Ideally, the Coyotes would come out strong in the third period to finish things out.
They had another power play opportunity early in the third. Nicolas Deslauriers was called for holding, and the Coyotes had been playing well before the penalty. But as soon as they had the man advantage, things fell apart.
As the period ticked away, Arizona got one final chance. The call on Jakob Silfverberg was pretty weak, and there had been other things that probably should have been called immediately before it. But who cares, the Coyotes had a chance to finish it out here.
But not only did the Coyotes not get that much-needed third goal, but Anaheim also got all the momentum. And one second after the penalty expired, Tyler Pitlick was called for interference on another weak call. The period would end before the penalty expired, and the Coyotes at least earned a point.
And then, 47 seconds into overtime, Adam Henrique scored, giving the Ducks the win. The Coyotes had a 2-0 lead 20 minutes into the game but lost 3-2. It was their fifth straight loss, and it came at the hands of one of the worst teams in the league.
- The Coyotes' last power play goal was March 8th.
The Coyotes play the Ducks again on Saturday.