LW - ARI
Nick Ritchie was able to find the back of the net for the Coyotes Thursday, scoring two goals in a 6-2 loss to the Penguins.
Ritchie is not known as a prolific scorer but should be a safe bet to finish in the 10-15 goal range for a Coyotes team desperate for more goal scoring capability. The 26-year-old should remain on waivers unless he catches fire for Arizona early on.
Ritchie had the secondary assist on Arizona's third period goal in their loss to the Blues.
The Coyotes forward has 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) in his last 5 games and is up to 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 51 games this year.
Ritchie scored at the 6:17 mark of the third period to tie the game 1-1, forcing an overtime. Nick Schmaltz and Cam Dineen were in on the helpers, but the offense could not get anything past Connor Hellebuyck and lost 2-1 in overtime.
The goal puts the left winger at nine on the year, bringing his point total up to 18. He now splits his assists and goals evenly at nine a piece. Ritchie added three hits and one block in 13:19 of ice-time.
The left-wingers first point as a member of the Coyotes came to close the first period of play 2-2 on a helper to Barrett Hayton. Ritchie’s first goal as a member of the team came at the 13:56 mark of the second period. It gave his new club a 3-2 lead and would ultimately be the only score of the period and the last time the Coyotes would get on the board in what ended up being a 5-3 loss.
Nick Ritchie will look to keep things moving for his new club, and the team hopes to see more of this going forward. It is his third goal of the season and eighth assist.
Nick Ritchie found the back of the net with 3:22 remaining in regulation on the power play to tie the game at 2-2 and force OT Saturday against the Capitals. Boston would end up losing 3-2 in OT.
Ritchie stepped up in a big way for the Bruins and gave them a fighting chance to steal Game 1 in OT. Unfortunately Boston could not convert so Ritchie's goal will not be well remembered. The Bruins will need him to get big goals like that more often should they make a deep run this Spring.