The Coyotes have done it again; this time a home. Arizona came back and got the two points after their game against the Minnesota Wild last night. This time though, the game was a little different.
Arizona started slow ending the period with only 4 shots on goal. When Minnesota scored their first goal, Arizona hadn’t had a shot yet. It was Zach Prarise who got the Wild on the board first after the Coyotes had a delayed penalty called against them.
It wasn’t until about halfway through the second period when the Coyotes started picking up speed, but they still had only seven shots on goal, half of Minnesota’s.
Late in the second period, Arizona found themselves on a power play and off of the first face-off Jakob Chychrun got the puck at his stick quickly shot, finding the back of the net with 2:32 left in the period.
The third period was one with a lot of scoring. Thanks to a nice lengthy pass from Niklas Hjalmarsson, Christian Fisher carried the puck up to the net creating a nice rebound allowing Christian Dvorak to score at 15:28.
After that, Mikko Koivu and Matt Cullen both got goals themselves but all in between goals but Coyotes players Richard Panik, Kevin Connauton and an empty net goal by Jordan Martinook.
Panik tallied his first goal as a member of the Coyotes and Kevin Connauton continues to score leaving Luke Schenn out of the lineup.
Max Domi received the first star player of the game registering three assists throughout the night. In an interview, he said they were finally finding ways to win games. The Wild are on track to be in the first wild-card position in the playoffs above the Dallas Stars.
While the Coyotes started off slow, they finished strong and Coach Rick Tocchet agrees saying, “there were some guys who were slow out of the gate and then they started to play better.” And, “If you’re having a tough start, don’t have a tough 60 minutes.”
In a post-game interview, Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau said he believe the Coyotes are better than their stats. And many people agree with that as Arizona continues to be on the up and rising.
The Coyotes play their final game of the seven-game home series tomorrow at 6:00 PM against the Ottawa Senators.
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