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Arizona Coyotes Fall To Blackhawks 7-5 In High Scoring Affair

Published On December 30, 2015 | By Jason Harrison | Gameday

The Arizona Coyotes looked to continue their success in Colorado with a win at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.

When the Arizona Coyotes welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to town, they also welcome several thousand of the team’s fans into Gila River Arena. Whether you love that or hate it, there’s no denying that Glendale isn’t the only city that suffers this fate.

Regardless of which color of red was sitting in the seats, they were entertained with a high scoring affair that at times resembled two teams practicing against their opponents’ emergency goaltenders.

Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan netted a hat trick and tied Dale Hawerchuk for the franchise record in goals scored. Andrew Desjardins had two goals for the Blackhawks, while Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith each netted one goal and two assists on the night.

The Coyotes fell 7-5.

Here’s how it went down:

Oliver Ekman-Larsson put up 3 assists in the tilt and played 29:29 on the night. He went off the ice nursing what appeared to be his back after a late crosscheck, but it appears he will be good to go for Thursday night. Whew.

Anders Lindback made two saves on five shots after managing 38 saves on 39 shots just a few nights prior. His save percentage sits at .893. He is clearly not the answer short or long term in net for the Arizona Coyotes.

With that said, Louis Domingue only managed to save 19 of 22 on the night as well. It’s still early days for him, but I wouldn’t consider him a long term answer for a #1 goaltender either. I’d certainly rather have Louis in net than Lindback for the majority of starts going forward in 2015-16, however. At least until the inevitable trade is made.

Five goals scored for the Coyotes, yet no points at all for Anthony Duclair or Max Domi. That’s hard to believe, but it looks like the rookie wall is firmly in place. Hopefully they can get out of the funk in the near future.

Mikkel Boedker put up another assist but was minus-3 on the night. It’s a far cry from scoring the game winner in Colorado, but then again there wasn’t much defense played on either end Tuesday night.

Finally, congrats to Laurent Dauphin on playing in his first NHL game.

Arizona Coyotes Player of the Game

The captain Shane Doan has been a bit of a surprise offensively this year. With 11 goals in 27 games, he now sits second on the team in goals behind Boedker and one ahead of Domi and Duclair.

A Coyotes fan on Twitter tweeted out the message “Leaders lead” after Doan netted his hat trick in what was otherwise a piss-poor affair defensively and in net for the Yotes. I couldn’t agree more. Hopefully the message was received loud and clear.

The View From The 200 Level

This is the Arizona Coyotes, everyone.

They are a little spastic, hugely inconsistent, and exactly what a young team should probably look like without a generational star on the level of Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, or Connor McDavid leading the offensive charge night in and night out. Perhaps Dylan Strome can come into the fold and give the Yotes 80% of that output next season with all of the kids having another year of experience under the belts.

Until the Coyotes find a long term solution in net that isn’t Mike Smith, the up and down nature of the team from game to game will likely continue. That’s not a terrible thing right now as the Coyotes should be rebuilding and still attempting to get assets instead of chasing a first round playoff exit, but it does run the risk of demoralizing the kids in front of said goaltenders in the same way the youth in Edmonton has been tainted.

The Arizona Coyotes play the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night for New Yotes’ Eve.