GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 05: Brendan Perlini #29 of the Arizona Coyotes attempts to jam the puck past Eddie Lack #31 of the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at Gila River Arena on March 5, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. Hurricanes won 2-1. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

Arizona Coyotes Lose Late To Carolina, 2-1

Published On March 5, 2017 | By Jason Harrison | Gameday

In the second game of a home-and-home tilt with the Hurricanes, the Arizona Coyotes lost late in the third period on a fluke goal scored by Derek Ryan.

The Arizona Coyotes were hanging in there until they weren’t.

Derek Ryan’s late goal was a crushing blow for a team who had jumped out to an early lead and had stymied the Canes’ shooting gallery on Mike Smith with an even 11 shots a piece in the second period.

A miscue by Tony DeAngelo later, however, and the Yotes fell behind 2-1 with four minutes to play.

They couldn’t recover after that.

Peter Holland, ever the opportunist, got the Coyotes on the board early in the first period after Eddie Lack lost track of the puck. A young man by the name of Anthony Duclair got the primary assist on the goal, his first point in the NHL in what seems like two centuries.

While Duke was much better on the ice for Dave Tippett’s crew, you wouldn’t know it by the amount of time the coach gave him. He only played 8:46, which was only seven seconds more than the lowest on the team (Holland).

Mike Smith was great in net but his effort was once again not rewarded.

The Hurricanes pulled it out, 2-1.

Arizona Coyotes Player of the Game

Max Domi received a lot of praise on the broadcast, but Christian Dvorak was the man of the match for me.

In his first real spin as the top line center of the Coyotes, Dvorak played more than 22 minutes and had quite a few flashes of what Coyotes fans can expect from him in the future. He’s strong on the puck for a rookie and he’s quite a bit more creative than he’s given credit for. Dvo is going to be making things happen for some time in the desert.

Tonight was just the first step.

The View From The 200 Level

The Yotes put in some effort but the result wasn’t there. That’s okay.

Arizona was nipping at Carolina’s heels for 28th in the league heading into tonight’s game and losing it basically ensures they’ll maintain the second best odds at winning the 2017 NHL Draft lottery. That sounds awful because we all want to see a victory, but the difference between picking first or second and picking fifth is often a matter of another year or two wait for that player to be NHL ready.

We saw some things from the kids. Hell, even Alex Goligoski had some good moments and we all know he needs them to regain some of his confidence.

That’s three pretty good games in a row from Goose.

The Coyotes play again on Thursday night against Ottawa.