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UPSTART COYOTES FINISH STRONG AT HOME

2019-04-16

Wolf E Coyote reporting live from Glendale, Arizona where the Desert Dogs have just taken the series lead in extra innings.

After a smack down win in game 2 in San Jose, where the Coyotes scored three unanswered goals before giving one up late in the third, the Yotes came out with some swagger to start game 3. The Sharks had their work cut out for them as they skated out to a howling sell out crowd of 18,000 at the Gila River Arena.

Coyote-turned-Shark Tyler “The Tall Traitor” Myers tried to silence the masses with a beatdown of former team mate Kyle Brodziak. No such luck, as the fight ended as a push. However, the fight proved to ignite the Sharks as they scored just minutes later.  Eager to make up for a poorly timed hooking call earlier in the period, Evander Kane tied up the game with 4 minutes to go with an impressive tip-in from an Ivan Provorov point shot. The Coyotes Penalty Kill units proved their worth early in the game, going 3/3 on the kill and getting out of the period tied 1-1.

The Pacific rivals went back and forth twice more in the middle frame, with goals from Danton Heinen and Artemi Panarin coming just two minutes apart at the 11:25 and 13:10 mark respectively. Coyotes stud centre Aleksander Barkov went on to score the go-ahead goal with 2:30 left in the period with a howitzer of a slap shot on Tukka Rask after relentless pressure by the Yotes top line.  3-2 Coyotes after 2

It did not take long for the Sharks to rally back, with the veteran San Jose team making the most of a neutral zone turnover and excellent offensive zone pressure by the Sharks. Alexander “Outside Dog” Radulov chipped in a pinballing backhand shot from Karl Alzner. The Coyotes were able to sustain their penalty kill prowess yet again, going 2/2 on the kill to muscle their way to OT. 3-3 to end the period and regulation time.

The Coyotes had managed to kill off 6/6 penalties on the night, with the Sharks veteran discipline stifling any chance the Yotes might have on the powerplay all through regulation. That would not carry on through overtime, with a visibly frustrated Nathan Mackinnon taking a poorly timed unsportmanlike conduct penalty within the first two minutes of overtime. The Sharks were not be able to escape the teeth of the Coyotes powerplay. Rask was able to make 2 point blank saves on the Yotes top power play unit, but Evander Kane picked up the 3rd rebound and ripped home a wrist shot at 3:17 into the overtime period to put the Sharks to bed.

Game 4 goes tomorrow night back here at the Gila River Arena, as another exciting round one match up continues. Wolf E. Coyote Signing off.