Arizona Coyotes led in shots on net Saturday night, but lost to Boston Bruins in 1-0 shut out for season home opener.


Adin Vilasevic

Coyotes home opener vs. the Bruins.

Adin Vilasevic, Reporter

The Arizona Coyotes opened their regular season play Saturday night at Gila River Arena against the defending eastern conference champions, Boston Bruins.

The Coyotes, coming off their regular season road opener against the Anaheim Ducks with a loss, were looking to reward the sellout home crowd of 17,125 with a victory Saturday night.

That didn’t happen.

Unfortunately, the Coyotes, didn’t even score—the team struggled to get the puck into the net—and lost in a 1-0 shutout to the Bruin and with Boston solidifying a nine-year winning streak against the Coyotes.

During the first period of play the Coyotes controlled the momentum and had several chances to score. In the game’s first minute, Coyotes forward Vinnie Hinostroza had a one on one opportunity against Bruins goalkeeper Jaroslav Halak who managed to block the attempt.

The Coyotes would enter the power play with seven minutes to go in the period after Bruins defensemen Charlie McAvoy was called for interference.

Arizona was out shooting the Bruins 10-5 before Bruins forward Brad Marchand scored the team’s first and only goal of the game with a minute and twenty seconds left in the game’s opening period.

The second period arguably held the save of the night when Coyotes goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper dove to stop a shot from Brad Marchand that would have put the Bruins up 2-0 in minute seven of the second period.

Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse got into a scuffle with Bruin defenseman Connor Clifton that resulted in both players getting sent to the penalty box for roughing.

The second period ended with the Coyotes trailing but out shooting the Bruins 21-15.

In the third period, Arizona had another power play opportunity after Karson Kuhlman was called for tripping at 3:24. The Coyotes were unable to seize on the power play, making it a 0-4 in record in lost power play opportunities entering the season.

Off season addition, Phil Kessel, came inches away from tying the game in the 12th minute with a shot that was caught in air by Jaroslav Halak—who would finish the game with 35 saves.

Getting desperate the Coyotes went with an open net in the game’s final minute, but ultimately watched the final seconds tick away and the horn sound without a win and a 0-2-0 beginning to the 2019 season.

Even though the Coyotes out shot the Bruins 35-24, it wasn’t enough or, as head coach Rick Tocchet described, the inability to finish the job.

“Yeah a couple breakaways a couple two on ones —played well, played hard— did everything right except score— that’s basically the summary of the game,” Tocchet said.

“It’s a hard league to win. You know, we didn’t give Boston much— that’s a Stanley Cup finalist. They’ve been in the playoffs a bunch of years, a lot, but there’s not any moral victories it’s a hard game and we need some inch from some guys. For the most part, the team’s effort was there,” Tocchet said

The Coyotes look to bounce back on Thursday night when they meet the visiting Las Vegas Golden Knights at Gila River Arena.