Arizona Coyotes vs Carolina Hurricanes

Arizona Coyotes Start Slow, Lose To Hurricanes 5-4 in OT

Published On December 13, 2015 | By Jason Harrison | Gameday

The Arizona Coyotes returned to Gila River Arena for a second straight night to take on the Carolina Hurricanes.

There’s something about the Arizona Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes having 5-4 hockey games. Unfortunately, that result has been a losing one for the Coyotes both times.

The start of the hockey game looked very positive for the Coyotes. They were spending the early portion of the game in the Hurricanes zone, as well as generating a few chances early. The pressure waned quickly and 8:37 into the period the Canes’ Kris Versteeg scored on a Justin Faulk point shot for the early 1-0 lead.

The Hurricanes would score again late in the first period after a thoughtless Jordan Martinook penalty.

Things were little better for the Yotes in the second, who were unable to find offense for the majority of the period. Carolina’s Phillip Di Giuseppe scored at 15:24 in the frame to extend the lead to 3-0. Then the Killer D’s roared to life.

Max Domi stole a puck and hit Anthony Duclair in front of the net and The Duke buried the puck in Eddie Lack‘s net. 3-1.

The third period was a goalfest. Justin Faulk scored on the power play – his usual method – just 40 seconds into the period to extend the Canes lead back to three. 4-1.

Finally, the rest of the Arizona Coyotes showed up to play. Anthony Duclair scored again, and was followed by a Kyle Chipchura goal less than two minutes later to cut the lead to one.

With Anders Lindback pulled, Coyotes young defenseman Connor Murphy found himself all alone in the slot with the puck on his stick. His shot beat Lack to tie the game 4-4 and send it to overtime.

The OT period was once again short and sweet. Carolina’s Victor Rask sealed the victory for the Hurricanes, 5-4.

Here’s the video of how it went down:

  • Anders Lindback didn’t have the greatest night, but he also had an absolutely lifeless team in front of him for large portions of the game. I’m unsure if the Coyotes were simply tired or possibly did not take the Hurricanes as serious as they should have. Either way, Lindback was the one who suffered for the lapse.
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson was minus-12 on the Arizona Coyotes five game road trip. He was nothing short of awful and out of sorts on the entire trip, and while his play has stabilized a bit since returning home he has only produced three points (1g-2a) in the last seven games. It is no coincidence that the Coyotes have lost six of those seven games. At a certain point, your best player has to be your best player.
  • Rookie forward Max Domi returned from getting hit in the face by a puck with two assists. Both were to his best buddy Anthony Duclair. Another goal has to be coming soon, right?
  • It’s always nice to see Kyle Chipchura get on the board. He now has four goals on the season.
  • Connor Murphy has came back from his run of being a healthy scratch with a vengeance. The late goal to secure overtime for the Yotes was huge. He finished plus-2 on the night.
  • Early in Saturday night’s game I casually mentioned to my wife that it had been quite a while since Anthony Duclair had done, well, anything of note. While he has a ridiculous shot, he seems wont to use it unless it’s a gimme which leads to him over-passing often. He has just 36 shots on goal this season. The Duke just seems to disappear for large stretches of games, and while part of that is a sniper’s mentality…putting shots on net is also part of that mentality. He certainly needs to become more engaged and more selfish on the offensive end. There’s no reason he should be deferring to anyone on this current team if he has even half a window to shoot.

The Coyotes continue their slide into mediocrity and beyond and have now lost two games to the Carolina Hurricanes who are, at best, one of the five worst teams in the NHL.

Despite the overtime loss, the Arizona Coyotes now find themselves in second place in the terrible Pacific Division with a 14-14-2 record. It truly seems like it would take another five-plus game losing streak to knock the Coyotes out of the running for a playoff spot for good. At the rate the team is playing, though?

I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened.

The Yotes look sloppy and uninspired. They are getting no positives out of their superstar in OEL. As the season began, so it continues. It’s the kid’s show in Glendale, and the nights where Domi, Duclair, Tobias Rieder, and co. cannot make things happen are the nights where the Coyotes can expect to lose because the production isn’t there otherwise. Mikkel Boedker has been the lone standout from the veteran group, but eight of his ten goals have came in just three games. He’s hardly a bastion of consistency himself.

The Coyotes take the ice in Glendale again on Thursday night against the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets.