Coyotes Drop Sixth Straight, Lose To Canucks


Although the Arizona Coyotes continued to stay competitive, they were unable to take home a victory as they were defeated by the Vancouver Canucks 3-1. The result marks their sixth straight loss.

The beginning of the game saw the Canucks dominate the pace of the game as the first ten minutes showed a 10-2 shots on goal advantage for Vancouver. With five minutes left in the first period, they were finally rewarded.

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With eyes and focus fixed on Daniel Sedin, who was handling the puck at the moment, there was an opportunity for Yannick Weber to cut right in front of Mike Smith and receive Sedin’s pass. A point blank wrist shot later and Vancouver took the lead 1-0.

A minute later, Oliver Ekman-Larsson decided that he wanted to take on the entire Vancouver Canucks. Ekman-Larsson went coast to coast and fired at Jacob Markstrom and then grabbed his own rebound to tie the game up a 1-1. Ekman-Larsson’s 20th goal extends his career high and leads all Coyotes.

The second period, although scoreless, featured plenty of opportunities for both teams to break the tie. Vancouver’s greatest obstacle was the crossbar as the iron post came into play at various moments. Arizona was unable to put many of their potential scoring chances on net. After two periods, the Canucks held a commanding 28-16 shots on goal advantage over the Coyotes.

The heart-breaker for Arizona came with less than five minutes left in the game. While on the power play, Vancouver’s Alexander Edler fired a shot that went off the post and then off of Smith right to the back of the net. Ex-Coyote Radim Vrbata collected his second assist of the game. Moments later Henrik Sedin scored an empty netter that sealed Arizona’s fate to a 3-1 loss.

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Smith played admirably tonight as he was peppered with Vancouver shots, 41 of which he saved, throughout the whole contest. In his last seven games, Smith has posted a save percentage of 94% percent or higher in six of them. Additionally, Smith celebrated his birthday tonight and turned 33.

As stated before, the Coyotes have been winless in their last six games. In their past 20 games their record has been 2-17-1. Their 50 points this season is good for 29th in the NHL and are only ahead of Buffalo (who have 47 points.)

The Arizona Coyotes (21-44-8) will head to Detroit on Tuesday to take on the Red Wings. The Vancouver Canucks (42-26-4) will host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.


Arizona Coyotes:

  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson (20th)

Vancouver Canucks:

  • Yannick Weber (7th)
  • Alexander Edler (7th)
  • Henrik Sedin (16th)

Three Stars

  1. Alexander Edler
  2. Mike Smith
  3. Yannick Weber

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