ARIZONA COYOTES

Coyotes let three-goal lead slip away, drop season opener to Ducks

Oct 5, 2017, 10:09 PM | Updated: 10:16 pm

Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry, center, attempts a shot for a goal on Arizona Coyotes goalie ...

Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry, center, attempts a shot for a goal on Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue, right, while defended by defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

(AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

With a new era of Coyotes hockey getting underway with the season-opener in Anaheim on Thursday night, it was fitting that Arizona’s youth took center stage.

Unfortunately, for the Coyotes, the show didn’t end as well as it started.

Arizona’s young players took turns lighting the lamp through and beyond the game’s halfway point, but the Ducks battled back from a 4-1 deficit to beat Arizona by a score of 5-4 in the two teams’ 2017-18 season opener in Anaheim.

It was at the 4:44 mark in the first period that 22-year-old Anthony Duclair exchanged passes with Alex Goligoski and fired a shot past John Gibson for the game’s first goal to make it 1-0 Arizona.

Gibson, Anaheim’s netminder, finished the evening with 26 saves on 30 shots.

Minutes later, Goligoski got another assist, this time on his pass to rookie Clayton Keller, who tucked it in net for the Coyotes’ second goal.

Though a goal by Corey Perry sliced the ‘Yotes lead in half before the first intermission, second-period goals from Max Domi and Christian Fischer made it 4-1 Arizona by the 13:50 mark in the second period.

Then, the momentum started to swing the other way.

By the time the second intermission rolled around, Perry netted his second goal of the night and Ondrej Kase got on the board to make it 4-3 Coyotes. What looked to be a blowout was now a nailbiter.

The fun was all Anaheim’s in the final 20 minutes of play. Andrew Cogliano and Rickard Rakell scored at 13:45 and 16:30, respectively, and the Ducks had their first lead of the night, 5-4.

That was where the score would remain. Louis Domingue, in net for starter Antti Raanta (lower-body), stopped 36 of the 41 shots he faced.

The Coyotes will look to turn things around and get their first win of the new season when they face the Vegas Golden Knights in Arizona’s home opener on Saturday night. Puck drop is at 6 p.m.

Arizona Coyotes left wing Anthony Duclair, center, celebrates with defenseman Alex Goligoski, left, and right wing Tobias Rieder after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, center, looks back after allowing a goal to Arizona Coyotes left wing Anthony Duclair, right, as defenseman Korbinian Holzer defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) is introduced prior to an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller, top, scores a goal on Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, bottom, in front of defenseman Cam Fowler (4) and left wing Max Domi (16) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) reacts after a goal by Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller, back, as center Derek Stepan (21) celebrates while defenseman Josh Manson (42) and defenseman Cam Fowler (4) look on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry, center, attempts a shot for a goal on Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue, right, while defended by defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase, right, celebrates with defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Arizona Coyotes left wing Brendan Perlini, left, watches a shot against Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase, left, shoots next to right wing Jakob Silfverberg during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue, left, and defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, center, push Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry after Domingue was tripped by Perry during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry, right, trips Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue resulting in a goalie interference penalty during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

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