It startled with a fairly innocent-looking play. The Coyotes forced a turnover in the defensive zone and passed the puck up ice. Conor Garland took the puck down low and passed it up to Michael Bunting, who fired it home.
And then the penalties started happening.
If you had turned on your TV during the first period, odds are you would have seen a team on the power play. The Kings took four penalties, and the Coyotes had two, and it accounted for a lot of chaos.
On the Coyotes’ first power play, Bunting got his second goal of the game. Jakob Chychrun had fired the puck on net, and Bunting was able to force the rebound past Calvin Peterson and into the back of the Kings net.
Derick Brassard got his eighth of the season on the Coyotes’ second power play. Conor Garland had a great cross-ice pass, and Brassard had a wide-open net to give the Coyotes the 3-0 lead.
Arizona wasn’t immune to the calls, and with Conor Garland in the box for hi-sticking, Drew Doughty scored his eighth of the season.
It was a great start to the game, but one you are probably not going to replicate. But the Coyotes converted on the power play, something they have struggled to do all season.
It was a good start for the Coyotes, converting on multiple power plays. And that special team’s prowess continued into the second with Michael Bunting getting his third of the game, fourth of the season, on the power play.
It was a controversial goal. The Kings challenged it, and the video made a good case for offsides, and even the Coyotes broadcasters agreed it probably wasn’t the right call. But the call on the ice stood, Bunting had his hat-trick, and the Coyotes were up 4-1.
But the call on the ice stood, and it seemed to re-energize the Kings.
The Coyotes maintained the lead, but the Kings definitely had the energy. As expected with, the Coyotes were defending a lead, and the Kings had nothing to lose, LA spent a lot of time in the offensive zone. Arizona did a good enough job limiting shots, but more importantly, Adin Hill came up huge, making some monster saves and maintaining the Coyotes lead.
He was damn near perfect, but Andreas Athanasiou was able to get one past him early in the third period.
Other than that one lapse, Hill was solid, and the Coyotes played well defensively. They didn’t have many chances to extend the lead, but the Kings weren’t able to get any closer to tying it up.
The Kings would pull Peterson, and Christian Dvorak would get an empty-netter, moving him one goal closer to re-taking his lead over Kessel.
: Christian Dvorak para asegurar que la victoria es nuestra— Los Yotes (@LosYotes) April 6, 2021
Arizona was able to convert early and often on the power play and took an early lead. From there, they were able to play a more defensive game, and they took the win. It’s probably not a repeatable win, there was a Michael Bunting hat-trick, but the team played well and earned two points.
- Michael Bunting's first career hat-trick came in his 10th NHL game!
- After playing the last two games, Lane Pederson was scratched tonight.
- In case you were interested, this was the reasoning behind the Coyotes' good goal call:
Re: Kings challenge, via NHL Situation Room:— Alex Kinkopf (@AEKinkopf) April 6, 2021
"It was determined Conor Garland legally tagged up at the blue line before Michael Bunting entered the offensive zone with the puck on his stick. Bunting delayed touching the puck in the offensive zone so Garland could tag up." #Yotes
- Adin Hill made some phenomenal saves, including this one. You try describing it.
- Michael Bunting - 3 goals. Again, duh.
- Adin Hill - 36 saves on 38 shots
- Conor Garland - 2 assists.
The Coyotes play the Kings again this Wednesday at 7:00 pm Arizona time.