In the first NHL preseason game in two decades in Tucson, the Arizona Coyotes lost to the Anaheim Ducks 6-4. Despite being outshot 15-7 in the opening period, the Coyotes came out to a fast start in the first period as two Roadrunners alumni scored both goals putting the Coyotes up 2-0.
Brendan Perlini opened the scoring, going top shelf on Ryan Miller 5:06 into the period. After that, with 2 minutes and 47 seconds remaining, Kyle Wood’s wrist shot found the top corner closing the scoring for the first period. The lone assist on Perlini’s goal was from Adam Clendening, with Anthony Duclair and Kevin Connauton collecting the helpers on Wood’s goal.
The Coyotes opened the second period with a rare 4-on-3 powerplay, but it was the Duck’s Nick Ritchie that halved the Coyotes’ lead with a shorthanded goal. Minutes later, Anaheim’s aggressive forecheck rewarded them with another shorthanded goal, tying it up at two. Later, Coyotes top prospect, Dylan Strome put the Coyotes up again 3-2, skating into the slot, going forehand backhand and beating Ryan Miller. Mario Kempe would later restore the Coyotes two goal lead, burying Dylan Strome’s rebound. Just 11 seconds later however, the Ducks responded cutting the lead to 4-3.
Following the Ducks’ goal, goaltender Louis Domingue was injured on the play taking a shot off the mask, causing him to be replaced by Marek Langhamer. A major fork in the road was the Coyotes’ failure to capitalize on a late second period 5-on-3 powerplay, scoring here would have put them up 5-3, and would have given momentum heading into the third period.
The Coyotes were held off the scoresheet in the third, with the Ducks scoring all three goals in the period. The first of the goal came six minutes into the period when a shot from the point shot trickled past Langhamer. Star Ducks winger, Rickard Rakell would later put the Ducks up 5-4 with a final goal from Nick Ritchie ending the night in a 6-4 victory for the Ducks.