By Jesse Bonello
The Coyotes took the lead early when Tobias Rieder buried the Dylan Strome rebound, giving Strome his first career NHL point in his debut. However, the feat was short lived. Defensive meltdowns helped Ottawa respond with two goals in less than three minutes.
The Coyotes showed some bright spots offensively. Martinook and Ekman-Larsson accounted for three of the teams four goals, with Martinook scoring twice.
The Coyotes just didn’t get the job done defensively, plain and simple. The Senators were able to pounce on bad defensive turnovers, and the ‘Yotes failed to clear the puck in front of the net.
Good to see Chris Kelly get back on the board. First goal for the Senators pic.twitter.com/igf9zIIxd8
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 19, 2016
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) October 19, 2016
To make matters worse, Arizona goaltender Mike Smith was helped off the ice in the third period after getting tangled up while trying to make a save in the crease. Smith didn’t return to the game.
#Coyotes announce Smith has suffered a lower-body injury and will not return. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow.
— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) October 19, 2016
Louis Domingue came in the game, and allowed three goals on just 11 shots.
If the injury is serious, and if Arizona is really trying to pursue Jets defensemen Jacob Trouba, the Coyotes might want to include goaltender Ondrej Pavelec in a potential deal.
The Coyotes’ road trip continues this Thursday when they head to Montreal to take on the Canadiens. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. EST.