A Look Back: Phoenix Coyotes Game 2 Woes

By Jaime Eisner

Game two of a playoff series has not be kind to the Phoenix Coyotes as of late. Under the Dave Tippett regime, the Coyotes are 1-4 in the second game of a series. Four of those five games were on home ice. The only win came four months ago today against the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Today’s look back will cover that win and cover the game two defeats that have become synonymous with the Coyotes.

The Coyotes have made the playoffs each of the last three seasons since head coach Dave Tippett took over the team. In 2010, the number four seed Coyotes lost game two of round one, at home, to the number five seed Detroit Red Wings, 7-4. Then-Coyotes goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov, gave up six goals on 38 shots.Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg scored a hat trick and four Red Wings had multiple points in the game. This was the first game two loss under Tippett. The Coyotes would ultimately lose the series in seven games.

The Coyotes would have a shot at revenge the very next year. This year the sixth seeded Coyotes were at the third seeded Detroit Red Wings for game two of round one. The Coyotes could not overcome a first period in which they allowed three goals and scored none. Three Red Wings had multiple points in the game and the final score was 4-3 Detroit. This would be the second year in a row that the Coyotes lost game two and lost in round one. The Coyotes were swept by the Red Wings in four games.

This past season, the Pacific Division Champion Coyotes would have a chance to open games one and two of the first round at home. The number three seed Coyotes lead the number six seed Chicago Blackhawks for almost the entire third period. Almost. With just over six seconds left, the Blackhawks scored to tie the game. In overtime, the Blackhawks would capitalize off a defensive zone turnover by Coyotes defenseman Adrian Aucoin and scored the game winning goal. The Coyotes were now 0-3 in game two of a series under Dave Tippett. But, this time the Coyotes would go on to win the series in six games.

Four months ago today, the Coyotes faced the number four seed Nashville Predators in game two of the second round at Jobing.com Arena. The Coyotes would never trail in the game and go on to win 5-3. The Coyotes had finally won a game two under head coach Dave Tippett. The Coyotes would go on to win the series in five games.

But the game two woes did not vanish. The Coyotes were blown out 4-0 in game two of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Kings. Kings forward Jeff Carter scored a hat trick and nine Kings scored a point. The Coyotes would go on to lose the series in five games.

Game twos have been a major concern for the Coyotes. Below is a breakdown of the win-loss record by each playoff game in a series for the Coyotes under Dave Tippett:

Game 1’s: 3-2
Game 2’s: 1-4
Game 3’s: 2-3
Game 4’s: 3-2
Game 5’s: 1-3
Game 6’s: 2-0
Game 7’s: 0-1

NOTES: The Stanley Cup will be at 18 Degrees at the Ice Den in Scottsdale from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday. All fans are welcome and for $5 you can take a picture with the Cup.

NHL Network will be re-showing the Coyotes/Predators series on NHL network on Wednesday afternoon and night.

The next installment of “A Look Back” will be Friday, Aug. 31.

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