After a long road trip, with Phoenix winning three out of five games in their eight-day odyssey, the Coyotes came home on Tuesday night and hosted the Ottawa Senators. The Senators are road weary too. They have yet to play a home game this season and on top of the jet lag they have lost their last four games.
Despite a road trip that would make the Grateful Dead proud the Senators knocked off the Coyotes 4-3 in overtime at Jobing.com Arena. Ottawa was paced by Jason Spezza's hat trick.
“The simple message tonight is that we found a way to get a point but we weren't very, very good,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. “If we just take a couple of the mental mistakes out of our game we might be able to get two points out of that. It doesn't matter if it's the first game back from a trip. It doesn't matter if we're tired, whatever it is. Find a way to win. I hate making excuses for not winning.”
The Coyotes Rob Klinkhammer broke up a scoreless game when he scored at the 1:18 mark of the second period. It was Klinkhammer's third goal of the season and his third goal in his last two games.
Less than 90-seconds later Radim Vrbata extended the Coyotes lead after blasting a slap shot past Senators goalie Craig Anderson. It was Vrbata's fourth goal of the season and he was assisted by Mikkel Boedker and Martin Hanzal.
Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza cut the Coyotes' lead in half when he managed to put the puck in the net after a scrum in front of Phoenix goalie Mike Smith. Spezza's second goal of the season happened at 8:42 in the second period.
Early in the third period Coyotes goalie Smith attempted to clear out a puck behind his net. His attempt was foiled as Senators center Colin Greening stole the puck, passed it to a charging Spezza. With Smith out of position Spezza easily scored his second goal of the night. At 1:50 in the third the score was tied at 2-2.
At 7:35 in the third the Coyotes were penalized for too many men on the ice. Ottawa took quick advantage as Spezza scored his third goal of the game at 7:19. Spezza's hat trick gave Ottawa a 3- lead.
With 3:30 left in the third Coyotes center Mike Ribeiro tipped in an Oliver Ekman-Larsson shot and tied up the contest, 3-3. It was Ribeiro's first goal of the season and his first as a member of the Coyotes.
“Ribeiro is an interesting guy because the game goes along and then all of a sudden something will happen where he can have an effect on the game,” Tippett said. “And that's what you saw.”
The score would remain deadlocked and the game headed to overtime.
At 2:48 in overtime the Senators Cory Conacher blasted a wrist shot past Coyotes goalie Smith and just like that the game was over.
The overtime loss dropped the Coyotes record on the season to 4-2-1(9 pts) and they are currently 5th in the Western Conference standings.
The Coyotes stay in Phoenix was brief as they head to Anaheim to take on the Ducks on Friday, October 18th. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. (PT)