Monthly Archives: March 2016

Coyotes Fall to Flames in 5-2 Rout

The Calgary Flames avoided a five-game season sweep against the Arizona Coyotes with a 5-2 win at Gila River Arena Monday night. Flames rookie Sam Bennett scored twice and Sean Monahan, T.J. Brodie and Joe Colborne also netted goals in a game that was 3-2 after the second period.

Left wing Anthony Duclair had both goals for Arizona, which ends a winning streak after three games. The goals were scored on power plays. He said, “We made some good plays on the power play. You want to capitalize every time we’re not ahead. That’s what we did, but at the same time the game is played 5-on-5 and they did a better job.”

The Coyotes almost tied the game early in the second on a power play goal by  Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but interference was called on Martin Hanzal for falling over Flames goalie Joni Ortio.

Arizona is 34-35-7 for the season and has six games remaining in the season. They visit the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

League Should Look at Hanzal, Gudas Hits

Martin Hanzal of the Arizona Coyotes and Radko Gudas of the Philadelphia Flyers should be punished by the NHL for dirty hits during Saturday’s game, argues the HockeyBuzz blog:

Gudas’ name has come up too many times this season and during his career when it comes to borderline or over-the-line hits. It’s time the NHL does something about it. He’s been one of the Flyers’ best players down the stretch, too, but what’s right is right.

However, the response that Martin Hanzal chose –targeting Claude Giroux for a similarly dirty hit and then intimating afterwards that it was deliberate — is worthy of an in-person hearing and a long suspension.

What we’ve seen a lot in the NHL, though, is that they suspend mostly based on outcome.

Coyotes Play Spoiler, Hurt Philadelphia’s Playoff Hopes

The Arizona Coyotes handed the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 loss Saturday night that had an impact on the Flyers’ playoff hopes, keeping them from taking sole possession of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Shane Doan and Michael Stone scored goals for the Coyotes in the first five minutes of the second period.

Both goalscorers left because of injury in the final period as the game became pugnacious. Doan’s head was pinned to the boards by a Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas elbow that left Doan dazed. Stone’s legs became tangled in a Flyers player and he was taken off the ice with assistance. Flyers captain Claude Giroux then suffered a head injury that led to multiple skirmishes. Four 10-minute misconduct penalties were called in the final 135 seconds.

The game was Doan’s 1,460th for Arizona, moving him past Dallas Stars great Mike Modano into sixth place in games played with one franchise

The Coyotes improve their record to 34-34-7 but remain 10 points out of a playoff spot with seven to play. They play at home Monday at 8 p.m. MST against the Calgary Flames.

Big Win as Coyotes Defeat West-Leading Dallas Stars

Center Martin Hanzal scored two goals to lead the Arizona Coyotes to a surprising 3-1 victory at Gila River Arena on Thursday night over the Dallas Stars, the top team in the NHL’s Western Conference.

Hanzal, who has struggled for goals since becoming a first-round pick for Arizona in 2005, gave Arizona the lead 55 seconds into the second period when he found Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s rebound and made a crafty shot that struck Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski and got past goalie Kari Lehtonen. This made the score 2-1. Hanzal added a short-handed goal in the third period to double the Coyotes lead.

The game featured two goals nine seconds apart. Arizona second-year player Tobias Rieder scored at 14:11 of the first period, then Dallas veteran Ales Hemsky immediately tied the game at 1.

Hanzal’s first goal was the 100th of his career, inspiring him to give this amusing quote: “It’s a nice number. It took me what, nine years? In another 35, I might catch Doaner.”

Arizona goalie Louis Domingue made 37 saves against the NHL’s top-scoring offense.

The 33-34-7 Coyotes are one win from evening up their wins and losses. They play Saturday night at 8 p.m. MST on home ice against the Philadelphia Flyers. Arizona is not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention but trails the Minnesota Wild for the final wild-card spot by 10 points with eight games to play.

Coyotes Continue Success Over Edmonton Oilers

On an evening that included defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s return from injury, the Arizona Coyotes continued their run of dominance against the Edmonton Oilers with a 4-2 victory at home Tuesday.

Alex Tanguay opened the scoring around five minutes into the game with an assist by Ekman-Larsson. After the Oilers evened the score later that period with a Jordan Eberle goal on a power play, Martin Hanzal put Arizona ahead in the second period with a power play goal and Tobias Rieder added a third. Max Domi scored the fourth goal in the final period.

Ekman-Larsson was on the ice for all four Coyotes goals.

The Coyotes have not lost in regulation to the Oilers since Jan. 25, 2011, and are 19-0-4 against the team during that span.

The game was number 1,485 for Arizona captain Shane Doan, who passes Glen Wesley to reach 22nd place in the NHL for career games played.

The next game for the 32-34-7 Coyotes is a home game Thursday night against the Dallas Stars, the leaders of the NHL’s Western Conference.

Coyotes Shut Out in Road Loss to Sharks

The Arizona Coyotes were shut out for the second straight game, falling to the San Jose Sharks 3-0 on the road Sunday night.

The Sharks got goals from Joel Ward, Tomas Hertl and Joe Pavelski. Hertl scored on a power play when his pass attempt deflected off Arizona defenseman Connor Murphy’s stick and got past goalie Mike Smith.

Arizona had a chance early with a two-man advantage on the power play after center Patrick Marleau was called for high sticking when Justin Braun was still serving a penalty. The Coyotes couldn’t score during those 39 seconds, nor in the remaining time of the advantage.

The Coyotes fall to 31-34-7, 11 points trailing for the final wild card spot to Colorado, which won Sunday. With 10 games remaining, Arizona could win nine and have only a 10.6% chance to make the playoffs, according to a statistical simulation by Sports Club Stats.

The next game for Arizona is to host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday at 8 p.m. MST.

Tanguay’s Arrival in Arizona Has Boosted Vermette

The arrival of Alex Tanguay in a trade has been great for the offensive production of Antoine Vermette, observes Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic:

Vermette’s surge coincides with Tanguay’s addition to the lineup after the veteran was acquired in a trade from the Avalanche on Feb. 29. The two have combined for 17 points in their first six games together.

“We see the game in a similar way,” Tanguay said. “We like to have the puck. We like to make quick passes and from there, I think we’ve been able to find each other at a consistent level. I still think they’ll be improvement in our games as we go along here. It’s only been six games, and I think that we’ll be able to accomplish some nice things. He’s a very good player. He’s a very smart player. He plays very well both sides with and without the puck, and we kind of know where we’re at so it’s been going well.”

Vermette has seven goals since February. Tanguay will be a free agent after this season. He was traded at the deadline from the Colorado Avalanche with Kyle Wood and Connor Bleackley for Mikkel Boedker.

Coyotes Shut Out by Lightning at Home

The Tampa Bay Lightning won a 2-0 shutout over the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena Saturday night. Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop kept 31 shots out for his fifth shutout of the season.

Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat scored with 57 seconds left in the first period, getting a wrist shot from the wall past Louis Domingue. This was the game’s only goal until Nikita Kucherov scored an empty netter with 47 seconds remaining. Kucherov has 27 goals this season, leading the Lightning.

Arizona had two five-on-three opportunities in the second period but could not convert them into goals. Domingue made 32 saves in the losing effort. He wasn’t happy about letting the Palat goal in. “I just didn’t see it,” he said. “It’s too bad that it comes down to that.”

The Coyotes are 31-33-7, nine points out of a wild card spot. The Minnesota Wild, one of two teams Arizona needs to pass, won Saturday.

Arizona travels to San Jose Sunday to play at 8 p.m. MST, just three days after beating the Sharks 3-1 at home.

Coyotes Beat Sharks on Late Shane Doan Goal

The NHL’s best road team, the San Jose Sharks, came to Gila River Arena to play the Arizona Coyotes and left with a 3-1 loss Thursday night.

Mike Smith stopped 27 shots and allowed only one goal in his second game back from an absence of 40 games due to injury.

Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone opened the scoring in the first period with his fifth goal of the season. The game was still tied 1-1 in the final two minutes after two Sharks goals were disallowed — one on an offsides call during review and another because scorer Chris Tierney made a kicking motion.

Veteran Shane Doan netted the winner for Arizona with 1:31 remaining, beating Sharks goalie Martin Jones when he was almost parallel to goal. Antoine Vermette added an empty net goal to seal the win.

Doan said, “I don’t know how it went in. It went off a leg or something.”

With 12 games left in the season, the Coyotes (31-32-7) have 69 points, seven less than the Colorado Avalanche in the final wild card spot.

The Coyotes host the Tampa Bay Lighting Saturday at 8 p.m. MDT.