Travis Boyd scored his third goal in as many games and tied his season high in goals with his fifth, but the Coyotes lost a close game to the Dallas Stars, 3-2, on Saturday night at Gila River Arena.
Antoine Roussel also scored for Arizona (4-15-2), which lost back-to-back home games.
After Roope Hintz gave the Stars a 1-0 lead after 54 seconds of the game, the Coyotes tied Roussel’s goal which was reviewed by NHL resume officials and confirmed.
Roussel repelled a shot from Anton Stralman which his teammate Loui Eriksson also put a stick on and cut the puck into the net. The play was rated for a stick high on Roussel, but examination of the NHL situation room confirmed the referee’s call on the ice that Roussel’s stick was up to or below from the height of the crossbar when he steered the puck into the Dallas net.
“I would trade that one for the win, any day,” Roussel said. “I felt right away it was a good goal, I didn’t even think about it, and when I saw the replay it was then a 50-50.”
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Eriksson got his first point since Game 3 of the season, and Roussel his second goal of the season and his first since November 6, both against their former team.
âIt sucks because we felt we could feel a little good about our game and I think we’re following a really good trend,â Roussel said, âand we just have to keep going.â
Coyotes goaltender Scott Wedgewood blocked 26 shots, including a partial breakaway attempt in the middle of the period.
âThey have a lot of experience. They have four very balanced lines. They are big, they are strong and they are also very good on face-offs, âCoyotes head coach AndrÃ© Tourigny said of the Stars. âWe had to work really hard to create our offense, which we did. I liked the effort from the guys, I liked the competitivenessâ¦ but it’s a good team that will fight hard. knocked when they were hot. “
The Stars have won four in a row and six of their last seven.
Dallas took a 2-1 lead before the end of the first, but the Coyotes drew again. Kyle Capobianco’s shot rebounded and deflected Boyd’s stick, allowing the puck to escape Stars goalie Braden Holtby and enter the net at 4:24 of the second period.
Capobianco has five points in seven games this season.
Jason Robertson gave Dallas a 3-2 lead, which the Stars took in the final period. The Coyotes outscored the Stars 7-5 in the third period, but failed to even draw.
Phil Kessel took the last shot of the Coyotes game as time ticked off in the third period, which was blocked to end the game.
The Coyotes have had fewer shots on goal than the opposition for a 16th straight game and 19th time in 21 games this season.
Ladd is back
Coyotes forward Andrew Ladd scored goals in consecutive games before entering the NHL’s COVID protocol after the Coyotes played in Chicago on November 12. He missed six games but returned to action on Saturday on what would be limited minutes.
That restriction was going to be eight to 10 minutes, Tourigny said, but Ladd played 12:24. He had two good chances to score on the same possession, but the first was stopped and the rebound escaped him at the end of the second period.
âI managed to put on three good skates and was able to move around the house so I was feeling pretty good tonight,â Ladd said. “There’s only one way to get back into the game stream, and that’s to play. It’s more my wind than anything, but actually my wind was pretty good (Saturday).”
Coyotes forward Andrew Ladd on COVID symptom management
Andrew Ladd was back in the Coyotes roster on Saturday after being sidelined due to COVID.
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Ladd was back, but center Johan Larsson wasn’t ready to return from protocol even though he trained on Friday. Larsson was at Saturday’s game in street gear with injured Coyotes Nick Schmaltz, Christian Fischer and Conor Timmins.
Schmaltz remains on the injured reserve, but skates and handles the puck lightly.
Tourigny was asked about Capobianco after the match. Capobianco had 23 shifts and 3:50 p.m. of ice time, almost 2.5 minutes more than his game average before Saturday.
Coyotes head coach AndrÃ© Tourigny, on defender Kyle Capobianco
Coyotes head coach Andre Tourigny, on defender Kyle Capobianco
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The Coyotes hit the road for a series of quick back-to-back games against division opponents. They are in Winnipeg on Monday, then in Minnesota, leader of the Central Division, on Tuesday.