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It was honestly a solid bounce back game from the Arizona Coyotes. They played their hearts out and it showed from puck drop to the final whistle. Unfortunately, the Vegas Golden Knights fell 2 goals short in another come from behind attempt. As per usual, I will give you all the run down on what went on during the game.
Who scored? What time was remaining in the period? Who assisted who?
- Christian Dvorak scored a power play goal with 11:38 in the 1st period. He was assisted by Conor Garland. 1-0 ARI.
- Shea Theodore scored with 18:41 remaining in the 2nd period. 1-1 tie.
- Derek Brassard scored with 10:03 remaining in the 2nd period. He was assisted by Tyler Pitlick and Christian Dvorak. 2-1 ARI.
- Nick Schmaltz scored with 7:55 remaining in the 2nd period. He was assisted by Conor Garland and Drake Caggiula. 3-1 ARI.
- Conor Garland scored with 18:35 remaining in the 3rd period. He was assisted by Derek Caggiula and Nick Schmaltz. 4-1 ARI.
- Cody Glass scored a power play goal with 8:55 remaining in the 3rd period. He was assisted by Mark Stone and Shea Theodore. 4-2 ARI.
- Jordan Oesterle scored with 1:01 remaining in the 3rd period. He was assisted by Niklas Hjalmasson and Lawson Crouse. 4-2 ARI
My thoughts on period 1
The Coyotes were on top of their game starting out. Everything was running perfect and they had the Golden Knights on their heels for a large portion of the period. Their power play unit was phenomenal, cashing in on a rebound shot by Christian Dvorak to go up 1-0. Besides Dvorak scoring, the players who stood out to me were Phil Kessel and Connor Garland. Phil Kessel appears to be having a renaissance type season while Conor Garland continues to be a motor for the Coyotes all over the ice. Overall, the Coyotes minus adding another goal or 2, the Coyotes had an outstanding period.
My thoughts on period 2
Although the Golden Knights’ Shea Theodore scored the only goal in the 2nd period, I thought that the Golden Knights 2nd period was sloppy. A combination of Derek Brassard, Nick Schmaltz and the Coyotes as a whole showed the Golden Knights they were not going to pushed over in their own barn. Looks like Golden Knights still didn’t get the “do better in all 3 periods” memo.
My thoughts on period 3
I personally would be angry that the Coyotes ended the Golden Knights losing streak, but the Coyotes played one great game. At points they bended but never broke and capitalized on their chances, including a couple of leaky goals. I shouldn’t shame the Golden Knights too bad though, because after giving up 3 goals, Robin Lehner played his heart out. For the Coyotes, Darcy Kuemper made some terrific saves in the period to keep the Golden Knights at bay.
The Coyotes won and the Golden Knights lost, as simple as that, but it’s only one game. Vegas will look back on this day and be 10 times better the next game. One thing of note, Vegas needs to put together a full game and not chase in the third. We all know they have the offensive threat to out score just about everyone minus maybe Colorado and Toronto but that trick only works so much. We’ll see what happens this Sunday.
On a final and positive note, how great has Shea Theodore been so far out of the gate? 3 goals and 3 assists in the opening 5 games while newcomer Alex Pietrangelo hasn’t looked to shabby either. It’s an explosive combo on the backend.