Habs dominate Coyotes, win 5-2 in Carey Price’s season debut

By Jesse Bonello

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk reacts with teammates Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period at the Bell Centre. Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens offense dominated the Arizona Coyotes, surging the Habs to a 5-2 victory in Carey Price’s season debut.

The Habs scored three goals in the first six minutes of the second period jumping out to a 4-0 lead, and chasing Louis Domingue from the Coyotes net. Domingue allowed four goals on 19 shots. In his last two appearances, Domingue has allowed seven goals on a combined 30 shots.

Justin Peters came in as Domingues relief, and stood on his head. Peters stopped 23 of the 24 shots that he faced and gave the Coyotes a chance to rally back.

Jacob Chychrun put the Coyotes on the board late in the second period with his first career NHL goal. Also, Laurent Dauphin scored his first of the year, cutting the four-goal deficit to just two, but the offensive surge from the Canadiens was too much for Arizona to handle. After the second period, Montreal outshot Arizona 32-19.

Montreal would add another goal in the third period to give them the 5-2 win. The Habs outshot the Coyotes 43-29. Arizona has allowed 15 goals in three games this season.

The Coyotes are allowing too many shots and are giving the other team too many offensive chances while not generating enough shots, and chances, of their own. Arizona did have 29 shots on Price, but they struggled to generate, and execute, on second chance rebound opportunities. The Yotes finished the game 0-2 on the power play, and recorded just one shot on goal during the two power plays.

Despite his solid relief, Justin Peters won’t be in goal on Friday when the Coyotes play the Islanders. Dave Tippett has already said that Domingue will be the starter against New York.

Friday nights’ game against the Islanders will be the third of six games on the road before returning home on Oct. 29 when the Coyotes take on the Colorado Avalanche. Puck drop in New York is 7:00 p.m. EST.


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