However, the officials consulted the rulebook and found that it is, in fact, illegal for the Canucks to score first.
Actually, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett challenged the goal for goaltender interference. The replay showed that Michael Chaput had run into Domingue’s stick while skating across the crease to screen the goalie.
The referees waved the goal off, and Tippett won the challenge.
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Arizona opened the scoring — for real, this time — shortly thereafter.
Another tough sequence for Edler. First, he spun and fell in the corner trying to check two Arizona players by himself. Then, he had to fill in as the goalie when Markstrom overcommitted to Martin Hanzal at the side of the goal.
Hanzal centered the puck and Anthony DeAngelo beat Edler into the empty net.
The Canucks finally got on the board exactly five minutes later, at 15:45 of the second.
At the end of a dominant shift for the first line, Daniel threw a no-look drop pass into the slot for Sutter, who buried it for his fourth of the year:
In the second period, Richardson was also injured on a strange play.
As the Coyotes played the puck into corner of the Canucks zone, Nikita Tryamkin lined up Richardson for a hit near the boards. As the Arizona forward turned, he appeared to stumble just before the hit, and fell forward.
The hulking Tryamkin ended up falling on top of the sprawling Richardson, who stayed crumpled on the ice long after the play. Medical staff from both teams attended to him for close to ten minutes, before taking him off the ice on a stretcher.
Initially, it looked like Tryamkin may have hit Richardson with a high stick. But as he was taken off the ice, the medical staff were attending to his right leg. Looking at the replay, it appears Richardson may have injured his leg at the last second before being hit:
Thought it was a stick hitting Brad Richardson, but looks like leg injury. Brad taken off on stretcher, leg gave out on him pic.twitter.com/kSL9nWJx52