Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period during an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. Ottawa won 3-2 in overtime. Rick Scuteri, AP

Arizona Coyotes Lose Lead To Fall In OT To Senators, 3-2

Published On March 9, 2017 | By Jason Harrison | Gameday

The kids showed up in Glendale for the Arizona Coyotes. Unfortunately, the veterans weren’t quite as effective.

Brendan Perlini and Lawson Crouse put the Arizona Coyotes on top of playoff bound Ottawa, but the lead was short lived.

As is the Coyotes’ wont, breakdowns in coverage and communication cost them a second point on Thursday night. It’s unfortunate that things continue to snowball in this direction, but that’s the hand they are playing with in 2017.

The disappointment from this loss stems mainly from the Coyotes’ successes, not it’s failures.

Arizona managed to find it’s shooting sticks against the Sens and out tallied their opponents 41-31 – a very rare occurrence this season. The Yotes have a knack for losing when they win the possession battle, however, and that’s exactly what they did.

The Ottawa Senators gutted it out behind a two-goal night from Erik Karlsson, 3-2.

Arizona Coyotes Player of the Game

No one was out of their mind outstanding, so I feel like you’ve gotta give it to Radim Vrbata. He played in his 1,000th NHL game tonight, put four shots on goal, and has been far better than probably even the most optimistic expectation when he was signed in the offseason.

He’s going to eclipse 50 points this season and may even push 60. Not bad for a “washed up” winger making peanuts compared to his contribution.

The View From The 200 Level

First things first, the shot totals in this game were a surprise.

Ottawa is firmly a playoff team and the Yotes, well, we know they are firmly entrenched in 29th position in the 30 team NHL. No one would have expected the Coyotes to carry the play, but for one night they did just that. If only it was a regular occurrence they might have a few more points (and goals) on the board.

Other observations:

  • Brendan Perlini broke a long scoring drought with another sweet goal off the rush. He’s just so fast and lethal when he gets going. For his own development (and the sake of the team), Perlini needs to keep shooting. A lot more volume will lead to a lot more goals when you’ve got a shot like his.

  • Lawson Crouse also had one of his better games of the season. He scored one goal and was pretty damn close to having another shorthanded with a nifty little backhand, he just couldn’t quite beat Mike Condon. It’s still hard to tell where Crouse is going to top out or end up with the Coyotes. There is some skill there, but he seems destined to fill that Tom Wilson role only with less fisticuffs.
  • Anthony Duclair had a CF of 76.19% and put two shots on net…and Dave Tippett put him on the ice for just 7:42. Duclair has certainly been a disappointment this season, but when his group is dominating possession to such a large degree and he’s managed two shots in just half the amount of team on ice he averaged last season? Maybe leave him in there and let him generate some more offense for you. They want him to show he’s improved his game. This was showing it, but it went unrecognized.
  • Mike Smith continued to be up-and-down in recent weeks. It really seems like he’s fatigued after carrying the water for so much of the season in Arizona. Even counting the break he had due to the injury at the start of the season, Smitty has faced an immense amount of shots compared to some of his counterparts since returning.
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson is becoming a shell of himself out there this season. Whether he’s injured, upset with the direction of the team, or just slumping, the Yotes desperately need him to snap out of it. As we said previously, the team wasn’t great when OEL was one of the best defensemen in the league. With him having a poor season by his standards, that’s how you end up 29th overall.
  • The Arizona Coyotes power play is terrible and it shouldn’t be. You have names like Max Domi, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Anthony Duclair, and Radim Vrbata, yet the team is impotent with the man advantage. They have scored just 2 times in their past 30 chances which is pretty mind boggling. Perhaps Newell Brown should propose something different next time out?

The Yotes play again Saturday night against the Devils.