The Arizona Coyotes mustered three goals but couldn’t keep the Jets out of Mike Smith’s net.
Goals finally came for the Arizona Coyotes, unfortunately they came for the opponent as well.
And in double the amount.
The Yotes got the scoring started very quickly.
2:49 into the first period, Josh Jooris scored his first goal as a Coyote.
The 1-0 lead was short lived, however, as Bryan Little scored for the Jets less a minute later to tie the game 1-1.
A few minutes later, Oliver Ekman-Larsson regained the lead for the Yotes on the power play.
Unfortunately, the Jets then proceeded to tear the Coyotes defense to shreds.
They scored five unanswered goals across the second and third periods to take a 6-2 lead.
Jakob Chychrun scored once the game was all but over with a nifty (and lucky) little backhand.
It didn’t prove to matter, however. The Coyotes lost 6-3.
Arizona Coyotes Player of the Game
Let’s give it to Jakob Chychrun who snagged his second NHL goal.
After a promising start, Chych has been fairly quiet over the ensuing months. offensively he, like several other Coyotes rookies, has not been very effective.
It was good to see him get back on the scoreboard. Perhaps it’ll get him going. At the very least it’s a nice confidence builder and a bit of sweet release to hit the back of the net once again.
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The View From The 200 Level
There are only so many recaps you can write about repetitive turnovers and bad breakouts before you can just chalk those things up to the norm.
They are the norm.
That’s the bottom line.
For better or worse, that’s the nature of this Arizona Coyotes season.
The Yotes are solidly in 29th position in the 30 team league and that’s not going to be changing, barring the unlikely chance that the Avalanche figure out how to get a few more wins than Arizona.
With names like Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata possibly on their way out at the trade deadline, it’s likely to get worse before it gets better.
As sad as it is to say, losing is better for the team’s long term future than winning.
These high draft picks will all (hopefully) build to something lasting in the desert.
Arizona might not nab Nolan Patrick, but Nico Hischier or Timothy Liljegren are not bad options moving forward.
Buckle up Yotes fans.
It’ll be a rough final two and a half months. Hang in there.