Arizona Coyotes' Brendan Perlini (29) celebrates a goal with teammate Jakob Chychrun (6) in the second period at Gila River Arena on March 11, 2017 in Glendale, Ariz. Patrick Breen/azcentral sports

Arizona Coyotes Survive Devils, Win 5-4

Published On March 11, 2017 | By Jason Harrison | Gameday

The Arizona Coyotes raced out to a 4-0 lead and then had to hold on to survive a rally from New Jersey.

It was a breakout night for a couple of Arizona Coyotes youngsters in a game that veered far from what was expected.

With two teams in the bottom four of goals scored per game, one would expect a low scoring affair, right?

Someone forgot to tell the Devils and Yotes.

Radim Vrbata got the scoring started early on thanks to a nice setup from Max Domi. Then, a minute and a half later a nifty backhand pass from Jordan Martinook set up Tobias Rieder for his 15th goal of the season. Coyotes led 2-0 before three minutes had passed in the first period.

Then it was the kids who took their turn at the wheel.

Jakob Chychrun came streaking in from the point and Martinook provided his second primary assist giving the Yotes a 3-0 advantage late in the first period.

In the second period, Tony DeAngelo found Brendan Perlini with a brilliant cross-ice pass near the Perl’s sweet spot and he slammed it home. Somehow, inexplicably the Coyotes led 4-0…and then the wheels fell off.

The Devils roared back with three straight goals before Tony D once again created some offense, scoring what eventually became the game winner for Arizona.

New Jersey tallied one more to cut the Yotes’ lead to one goal with less than five minutes remaining, but Mike Smith held them off.

Coyotes win a goal-fest, 5-4.

Arizona Coyotes Player of the Game

Rookie defenseman Anthony DeAngelo skated just 15;45 for the Coyotes, yet tallied four shots-on-goal, a goal, and one assist to help push Arizona past the Devils.

His defensive acumen isn’t the greatest, but given time to develop offensively he would be a heck of a number two to OEL’s prowess in that regard. He’ll have to get better in his own end to have the chance to do that, however.

The View From The 200 Level

So many goals. So many. Quite an unexpected outpouring but it was fun to watch (since the Coyotes won).

  • Watching Anthony DeAngelo work in the offensive zone is enjoyable. If Tipp can draw at least average level defensive responsibility out of him? Thumbs up emoji.
  • Brendan Perlini was in a slump and we wrote about it. And now he’s not. If the kid fires a decent amount of pucks each game the law of averages is going to work out for him. His shot is lethal. Tonight he did that, and voila!
  • Mike Smith has been a bit of a rollercoaster lately in net for Arizona. Whether it’s fatigue or a regression to his normal mean I don’t know, but for one night the Coyotes offense bailed him out instead of the other way around.
  • Jakob Chychrun is still 18. He’s looking like a steal at 16th overall. Combine that with the hype surrounding Clayton Keller at 7th overall in last year’s draft, and you understand why no real thinking fan is too upset with John Chayka’s first year as a general manager.

Arizona next plays Monday night against the only team lower in the NHL standings, the Avalanche.