The Arizona Coyotes need to forget last night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche it does not matter. Especially Ivan Prosvetov, who came in to relieve Adin Hill after only six minutes, and played the rest of the game.
The Coyotes did not have a good start to the game. Colorado scored first, with Joonas Donskoi getting his 13th of the season 4:04 into the game. They doubled that up with Andre Burakovsky scoring 27 seconds later.
At first, it looked like the Coyotes were going to mount a comeback. Michael Bunting scored his first of the season ten seconds after Burakovsky, cutting Colorado’s lead in half. But then things went dark.
Over the next three minutes, the Avalanche scored three more goals. Goaltender Adin Hill was pulled after the fourth Colorado goal, having played only 6:04 of the game. Ivan Prosvetov took over with the team down 4-1, only for the Avalanche to get another at 7:31 on the power play.
And that was really all she wrote. The Coyotes would get their own power play goal towards the end of the period, with Oliver Ekman-Larsson getting his second of the season.
The first period ended with the Avalanche leading 5-2. The Coyotes would go on to play a much better second and third period and looked fairly competitive. But that one awful period was enough to completely sink any chances that they were going to have a chance.
Arizona has been an extremely inconsistent team all season. And sensing that inconsistency, the Avalanche started with heavy pressure and dominated the first period. And there was just no coming back from that.
Arizona dropping the first game of a nine-game road trip is far from ideal. Arizona losing that game 9-3 is even worse. But yesterday’s game is not nearly as important as tomorrow’s.
The Coyotes are going to need to find a way to rebound and take control of the next few games. If they can’t, if they drop their next four, then it’s probably time to blow it up and start from scratch.
And ultimately, that is why this game doesn’t matter. The Coyotes were expected to lose to the Avalanche, although most people weren’t expecting the loss to be that bad. But the Coyotes should do pretty well in the next few games. Hopefully at least.
- Conor Garland scored the Coyotes' third goal, with Michael Bunting getting the lone assist. Garland now has 10 goals on the season.
- Speaking of Garland, Nathan MacKinnon threw Garland's helmet at him during the midst of a scrum. MacKinnon was fined $5,000.00 for using a helmet as a weapon.
- Arizona went 1 for 6 on the power play, even with some prime opportunities. It was already too late for it to make much of a difference, but what a waste.
- Arizona took another too many men on the ice penalty, which lead to the fifth goal.
- The Coyotes are making history again.
The @Avalanche (5) and @ArizonaCoyotes (1) combined for six goals in a span of 3:27, the fifth fastest time between two teams in NHL history. #NHLStats: https://t.co/6TOggdFnfE https://t.co/kYzlSXHDkc— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 1, 2021
- Joonas Donskoi got his second career hat trick last night. It was one of the fastest hat tricks I've ever seen.
The Coyotes play the Ducks tomorrow at 7:00 pm in what will be a game that actually impacts the team moving forward.