Arizona Coyotes finally win a game on the road, leaving the Washington Capitals 6-5 at the Verizon Center
In the final of a four-game road trip through the Eastern Conference, the Arizona Coyotes FINALLY brought home a win.
In an amazing five-goal comeback, the Coyotes went from being down 3-1 at the end of the first period to win the game 6-5 in regulation. It was awesome.
The team saw goals from Antoine Vermette, Michael Stone, and Sam Gagner (FINALLY), as well as two goals from Captain Coyote himself and a goal from newly recalled Tobias Rieder. The team rolled four consistent lines, played a clean game (taking only three penalties to Washington’s nine), and started to look more like a franchise that could remain competitive this season.
As expected, the Coyotes were able to capitalize on the power play twice, continuing on their trend of being strong when using one-man advantage special teams. Captain Shane Doan also displayed the leadership he has been so consistent with this season, but this time had a nice two goals to cement it.
(look- look! Newbie Tobias Rieder shows why he wants to become a permanent roster member)
For all the celebration to be had over the win, though, the Coyotes do have some takeaways to improve upon:
- The team let up their fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth goals in the first period for the season, making them the worst team in the league in goals against during the first twenty minutes.
- They allowed the Capitals to almost squeak back in the third period, allowing the Metropolitan Division team to narrow a three-goal lead in the final minutes of the game)
- In only three penalties for the Coyotes, the Capitals scored twice. The desert dogs may have a nice power play, but this wasn’t the penalty kill fans are used to.
The Coyotes will head home after this game, and will host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Gila River Arena on Tuesday.
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