ARIZONA COYOTES

Coyotes’ Lawson Crouse, Nick Bjugstad score in hard-fought loss to Rangers

Oct 30, 2022, 7:59 PM | Updated: Oct 31, 2022, 7:38 am
Alexis Lafrenière #13 of the New York Rangers crashes into goaltender Connor Ingram #39 of the Ari...
Alexis Lafrenière #13 of the New York Rangers crashes into goaltender Connor Ingram #39 of the Arizona Coyotes as he scores a goal during the second period of the NHL game at Mullett Arena on October 30, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

TEMPE (AP) — One of Arizona’s biggest concerns against New York was the Rangers’ dangerous power play, led Mika Zibanejad.

The Coyotes managed to kill off an early penalty, but were hit with another at a crucial junction. The puck ended up on Zibanajed’s stick and he made them pay.

Zibanejad broke a tie with the goal in the third period, Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists and the Rangers kept the Coyotes winless at Mullett Arena with a 3-2 victory Sunday night.

“We have to be honest, we’re scared to death of their power play,” Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny said. “They have elite players and we got away with it in the first.”

The Coyotes couldn’t capitalize on a raucous crowd in the opener at the 5,000-seat Arizona State University arena Friday night, losing 3-2 to Winnipeg in overtime.

New York pressured Arizona early despite playing the night before and went up on Alexis Lafreniere’s second-period goal. The Coyotes responded quickly on goals by Lawson Crouse and Nick Bjugstad, but the Rangers ramped up the pressure again.

Panarin scored late in the second period and New York went on a power play in the third when Dylan Guenther was called for hooking in Arizona’s offensive zone.

Panarin got the winning play started by sending a puck to the crease, Chris Kreider redirected it behind him and Zibanejad flipped in his sixth goal of the season over Connor Ingram with seven minutes left. Igor Shesterkin stopped 18 shots for the Rangers.

“It was a great play by (Kreider) and it was up to me to hit the net,” Zibanejad said. “It went in this time around.”

The Rangers had the early jump in the second game of a back to back, spending long stretches with the puck in Arizona’s end.

Ingram saw the puck and moved well in his first start at The Mullett, turning away a flurry of shots on a power play midway through. He also splayed out to stop Vincent Trocheck on a breakaway shortly after that. He finished with 36 saves.

New York kept up the pressure early in the first period and scored when Lafreniere slipped in behind Ingram for a one-timer on a pass from Panarin in the right circle.

Lawson tied it on a power play a few minutes later, beating Shesterkin glove side on a feed from Guenther.

BJugstad put Arizona up 2-1 on a flip shot past Shesterkin after New York defenseman Ryan Lindgren whiffed trying to clear a rebound.

Panarin tied it late in the second period, flipping a sharp-angle shot between Ingram’s left shoulder and the post.

Arizona killed off a penalty in the first period, but gave the Rangers another power play at the wrong time — and the puck ended up on Zibanejad’s stick.

“I thought we played good, but it came down to a penalty kill and they have such a good power play,” Bjugstad said.

BIRTHDAY GIFT

Panarin turned 31 on Sunday, but the Rangers felt like they were the ones receiving gifts from the talented left wing — particularly Lafreniere.

Panarin had a defender draped all over him in the right circle and traffic in front of him, but somehow found his teammate charging to the crease from the back side.

“It’s more of a gift from him to me,” Lafreniere said. “He played great again. When you play with him, you’ve just got to try to get your stick down and good things happen.”

LOOSE PUCKS

– Coyotes F Nick Schmaltz missed his seventh straight game with an upper-body injury.

– New York F Vitali Kravtsov did not play after slamming hard into the boards against Dallas on Saturday.

UP NEXT

The Coyotes host the Florida Florida on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN 620 AM / 98.7 FM HD-2, the Arizona Sports app and ArizonaSports.com.

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Arizona Coyotes center Jack McBain (22) tries to keep the puck away from New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes right wing Zack Kassian (44) tries to keep the puck away from New York Rangers center Vincent Trocheck (16) during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin celebrates after his goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) New York Rangers left wing Alexis Lafreniere (13) scores a goal against Arizona Coyotes goaltender Connor Ingram (39) during the second period of an NHL hockey game at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) New York Rangers left wing Alexis Lafrenière (13) celebrates with left wing Artemi Panarin (10) after his goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes defenseman Troy Stecher (51) tries to control the puck as he is hit by New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) during the second period of an NHL hockey game at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) gets the puck past Arizona Coyotes defenseman Josh Brown, center, and goaltender Connor Ingram (39) for a goal as Coyotes center Jack McBain (22) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes center Nick Bjugstad, left, celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with Coyotes left wing Matias Maccelli (63) during the second period of an NHL hockey game at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad, right, celebrates after his goal as Arizona Coyotes defenseman Josh Brown (3) skates away during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Alexis Lafrenière #13 of the New York Rangers crashes into goaltender Connor Ingram #39 of the Arizona Coyotes as he scores a goal during the second period of the NHL game at Mullett Arena on October 30, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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