Coming off a season high six game winning streak, the longest winning streak since 2012, the Coyotes had to bounce back from a lackluster performance losing 3-1 to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday—on Thursday— the Coyotes bounced back and high enough for a shutout against the Calgary Flames.
There were many things that didn’t line up in favor of the Coyotes even though they have already surpassed their point total from the ’17-’18 season.
With 16 games remaining, they have an uphill battle, but head coach Rick Tocchet is intent on keeping the focus on one win at a time.
Before start of play of Thursday’s game against the Calgary Flames, the Coyotes sat three points behind the Wild and Stars and one point behind the Avalanche.
The Flames have given the Coyotes problem all season long and have been outscored 18-4 and are 0-3. All of this against former teammate Mike Smith the goalie for the first place team in the Pacific Division, the Calgary Flames.
In the first period the Flames started off with a quick power play. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper withstood the three shots without a blink.
At 10:16 in the first period Clayton Keller took a perfect pass from Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun and was first on the board with a Coyotes goal. This was Kellers’ thirteenth goal of the season.
In the second period both teams went back and forth but the Flames couldn’t put anything past Keumper.
The Flames were on the power play from a penalty at the end of the second period but the Coyotes had quick clearings and got out of it at no cost and struck back quickly in the third with an insurance goal from Jakob Chychrun.
At the 12:34 mark of the third period, Mark Giordario tripped Vinnie Hinostroza on a breakaway that resulted in a penalty shot for the Coyotes that was unsuccessful.
Kuemper held the Flames scoreless in another shutout and the Coyotes remain three games out of a wild card spot after wins from the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars.
Chychrun addressed team momentum against Calgary with Fox Sports Arizona after Thursday’s win.
“Yeah they’ve kind of had our number. We knew that going in tonight we kind of owed them one. Nice to put the complete game together and not have any breakdowns for a few minutes of the game. It was a nice team effort and feels good,” Chychrun said.
The Coyotes return to home ice on Saturday against the LA Kings.