The Arizona Coyotes were defeated 1-0 by the San Jose Sharks on the road Saturday night, ending the season on a four-game losing streak. The Coyotes finish 35-39-8 with 78 points, fourth place in the Pacific Division and out of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the fourth straight year. (That’s a lot of fours.)
The game was scoreless in the third period when Sharks star Joe Pavelski scored on a power play at 7:26 with an assist from Joe Thornton.
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith made 31 of 32 saves, but opposing goalie Martin Jones stopped 20 shots for the shutout victory.
The Shark Tank has been deadly for Arizona. The Coyotes have gone 0-7-3 there the previous 10 games and were held scoreless the final seven periods (192:02 in total).
Arizona captain Shane Doan drew 19 minutes of penalties after fighting San Jose defenseman Roman Polak in the first period: 2 minutes for upsportsmanlike conduct, 2 minutes for instigating with his face shield, 5 minute major for fighting and 10 minutes misconduct. Doan entered the game two short of 30 goals for the season, but the penalties made reaching the number a much harder task. The scrap was a response to a hard hit into the boards by Polak against Coyotes winger Tobias Rieder.
Doan sounded a qualified but optimistic note after the game about the team’s future, “We have a long ways to go,” he said. “A lot of young guys showed they belong in the NHL. Being able to contribute is great.”