Jets Shorthanded Goal Beats Coyotes 3-2
Early goal allowed? Check. Ferocious comeback attempt? Check (though it was in the first period). Bad gaffe on power play leading to shorthanded goal a-la a few weeks ago? Check.
The Coyotes fell to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night 3-2 after Michael Stone was manhandled by Chris Thorburn next the Coyotes’ net, lost the puck, and allowed Thorburn a half-century to set up a shot against Anders Lindback. For the largest portion of the game it felt like the Coyotes not only deserved to win in the MTS Centre, but that they were going to. Unfortunately it didn’t pan out that way, but the Coyotes were sort of due for one of these after stealing a couple of their own in the first twenty games. Scratch away the copious amount of penalties and the bizarre insistence of Dave Tippett to continue giving Antoine Vermette offensive chances on the first power play unit, and it’s hard to be too salty about a whole lot with the Coyotes’ game last night. Stuff happens sometimes.
Here’s how it went down:
- It wasn’t exactly a heartwarming reunion for Shane Doan and Winnipeg. First he scored on them. Then he inadvertently injured Ondrej Pavelec after Mark Stuart whacked his skates and shoved him. Finally, not completely satisfied with the outcome of the game Doan rocked Blake Wheeler as time expired for some reason. I wonder if it was Wheeler’s refusal to join the Coyotes a few years back? Maybe. Maybe not. Regardless, nice game for the captain. He joined Jaromir Jagr as the only two players in NHL history to score a goal at the MTS Centre & the Winnipeg Arena.
- Max Domi has hit a bit of a slump. Since the game in Edmonton he’s managed only 5 shots on net and a secondary assist in four games. The electricity hasn’t been quite the same since the fracas in Columbus where he took the double minor while attempting to stand up for Mike Smith.
- Defenseman Connor Murphy got his first goal of the season. It was a beauty from the point on the power play and thanks in no small part to Martin Hanzal being 6’6. Hanzal doesn’t get an official assist for being tall sadly.
- Anders Lindback did not have the best game, but goal #1 and goal #3 were clearly not the fault of #29…
- …the bad pass from Michael Stone that couldn’t be corralled by Antoine Vermette allowed the first goal, and then the second Stone gaffe allowed the second goal. Not a great homecoming night for the Winnipeg native. I’d imagine he’d like both of those plays back.
- Antoine Vermette finally got another point, but was part of the duo that allowed the early goal to the Jets and somehow managed to 4:25 on the power play last night despite having only three points now on the season. I don’t get it. Dude wins faceoffs, cool. Not a reason to be on the power play til he picks up his play otherwise.
The Coyotes finally return home to face the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. Be there or be square or something.