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Coyotes Lose Season Finale to Sharks 1-0

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.”


Predators Come Back to Bite Coyotes in Overtime

The Arizona Coyotes lost a 2-0 third period lead to the Nashville Predators Thursday night, giving up two goals to tie the game and then losing 72 seconds into overtime on a goal by Roman Josi. The heartbreaker on the road knocks the Coyotes record down to 35-38-8.

Center Antoine Vermette opened the scoring for Arizona in the first period, angling a shot by defenseman Zbynek Michalek past Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Veteran Shane Doan made it 2-0 in the second period with a slap shot on a cross-ice pass from center Brad Richardson. That’s his 28th goal this season, which leads the team.

Seven minutes into the third period, Arizona goalie Mike Smith was holding on to a shutout with some strong saves when Connor Murphy went to the penalty box for elbowing. Nashville defenseman Shea Weber scored only 13 seconds into the power play.

Arizona was under 19 seconds from victory when Nashville star center Filip Forsberg scored his 33rd goal of the season, tying a team record.

“We took a bad penalty in the third period with a 2-0 lead, gave up the first one and couldn’t get it killed the last minute,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said.

The Coyotes’ season comes to an end on Saturday night in an 8:30 p.m. MST road game against the San Jose Sharks.

Chicago Flattens Arizona in 6-2 Road Loss

The Chicago Blackhawks routed the Arizona Coyotes 6-2 Tuesday night in a game that featured Arizona center Antoine Vermette’s return to Chicago, a team he helped win a Stanley Cup last season.

The sellout crowd of 21,994 gave Vermette a warm reception during a break in the first period, then was given a reason just a period later to regret the kindness. Vermette knocked Chicago center Artem Anisimov out of the game with a rough hit into the boards that resulted in a boarding penalty and game misconduct. Anisimov appeared woozy and did not return.

With backup Louis Dominque in goal for the Coyotes, the Blackhawks unleashed an onslaught and scored the game’s first five goals. Jonathan Toews and Richard Paniks scored in the first, Patrick Kane scored in the second, and Andrew Ladd scored two goals that period to make it 5-0. The goals by Kane and Ladd all occurred on the power play.

The Coyotes got goals from defenseman Connor Murphy and center Brad Richardson in the third period. Andrew Desjardins netted the sixth goal for Chicago.

Arizona falls to 35-38-7 and plays its penultimate game of the season on the road Thursday against the Nashville Predators.

Blues Blitz Coyotes with 4 Goals, Win 5-2

The St. Louis Blues scored four goals in the third period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes Monday night.

The game began with a lot of promise for the Coyotes, who are playing out the string after playoff elimination. Goals from Antoine Vermette and Anthony Duclair gave Arizona a 2-0 lead in the first period.

But in a third period that began deadlocked at 2-2, the Blues overwhelmed the visiting Coyotes. Forward Kyle Brodziak scored two goals, including one while the team was short-handed at 1:28 in the period. Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrick Berglund also scored for St. Louis. The Blues are tied with the Dallas Stars for the best record in the NHL’s Western Conference and home-ice advantage through the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Tarasenko’s goal was his 37th of the season, putting him in fourth place in the NHL. Duclair’s goal gives the young left wing 20 for the season and 44 points — a bright spot for the Coyotes as they look to next year. Alex Tanguay continues to play well since his acquisition, getting assists on both Arizona goals.

The Blues have gone 11-0-1 against the Coyotes in their previous 12 games, including 3-0 this season. Arizona, now 35-37-7, plays the Chicago Blackhawks tonight on the road in the third-to-last game of the season.

Coyotes Romp Over League-Leading Capitals, 3-0

The Arizona Coyotes won a 3-0 shutout over the Washington Capitals Sunday night, a home ice victory against the team that has clinched the NHL’s best record for the season. Goalie Mike Smith stopped all 31 shots he faced and three Coyotes scored in the third period: right wing Shane Doan, defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and center Brad Richardson.

Doan redirected a Max Domi shot past Washington backup goaltender Philipp Grubaeur five minutes into the period. That gives Doan 27 goals for the season, leading the Coyotes.

Twenty seven seconds later, Ekman-Larsson scored when his shot deflected off Washington right wing T.J. Oshie’s stick and went over Grubaeur’s shoulder.

The game was the final one at Gila River Arena for Arizona this season. The team ends with a streak of four road games, beginning Tuesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at 6 p.m. MST.

The Coyotes are 35-36-7, fourth place in the Pacific Division and out of the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.

Coyotes Eliminated from Playoffs with 4-1 Loss to Stars

The Arizona Coyotes lost to the Dallas Stars 4-1 on the road Thursday night and are officially eliminated from playoff contention. Their record drops to 34-36-7.

Arizona took the lead at 17:07 of the first period on a goal by center Martin Hanzal which was his 13th of the season. Dallas tied it less than a minute later when right wing Patrick Eaves got a shot past Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.

Hanzal, who has three goals and two assists in three games against Dallas this season, left after the first period.

Arizona left wing Eric Selleck made his NHL debut in the game, but left due to an injury suffered in a fight with Jordie Benn in the third period. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said of the fight, “That guy that Jordie fought probably was called up to do one thing, and that’s to scrap.”

Another newcomer, defenseman Alex Grant, played his first game with Arizona and third NHL game. He also got into a fight, a second-period battle with Colton Sceviour.

Arizona coach Dave Tippett, who formerly coached the Stars, gave this assessment of the game: “We needed a lot of things to go right for us tonight. We needed our goaltender to be really outstanding and we gave up some chances, a couple he’d probably like to have.”

On Saturday, Arizona hosts the Washington Capitals at 7 p.m. MST in the final home game of the season.

Coyotes Fall to Flames in 5-2 Rout

The Calgary Flames avoided a five-game season sweep against the Arizona Coyotes with a 5-2 win at Gila River Arena Monday night. Flames rookie Sam Bennett scored twice and Sean Monahan, T.J. Brodie and Joe Colborne also netted goals in a game that was 3-2 after the second period.

Left wing Anthony Duclair had both goals for Arizona, which ends a winning streak after three games. The goals were scored on power plays. He said, “We made some good plays on the power play. You want to capitalize every time we’re not ahead. That’s what we did, but at the same time the game is played 5-on-5 and they did a better job.”

The Coyotes almost tied the game early in the second on a power play goal by  Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but interference was called on Martin Hanzal for falling over Flames goalie Joni Ortio.

Arizona is 34-35-7 for the season and has six games remaining in the season. They visit the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Coyotes Play Spoiler, Hurt Philadelphia’s Playoff Hopes

The Arizona Coyotes handed the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 loss Saturday night that had an impact on the Flyers’ playoff hopes, keeping them from taking sole possession of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Shane Doan and Michael Stone scored goals for the Coyotes in the first five minutes of the second period.

Both goalscorers left because of injury in the final period as the game became pugnacious. Doan’s head was pinned to the boards by a Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas elbow that left Doan dazed. Stone’s legs became tangled in a Flyers player and he was taken off the ice with assistance. Flyers captain Claude Giroux then suffered a head injury that led to multiple skirmishes. Four 10-minute misconduct penalties were called in the final 135 seconds.

The game was Doan’s 1,460th for Arizona, moving him past Dallas Stars great Mike Modano into sixth place in games played with one franchise

The Coyotes improve their record to 34-34-7 but remain 10 points out of a playoff spot with seven to play. They play at home Monday at 8 p.m. MST against the Calgary Flames.

Big Win as Coyotes Defeat West-Leading Dallas Stars

Center Martin Hanzal scored two goals to lead the Arizona Coyotes to a surprising 3-1 victory at Gila River Arena on Thursday night over the Dallas Stars, the top team in the NHL’s Western Conference.

Hanzal, who has struggled for goals since becoming a first-round pick for Arizona in 2005, gave Arizona the lead 55 seconds into the second period when he found Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s rebound and made a crafty shot that struck Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski and got past goalie Kari Lehtonen. This made the score 2-1. Hanzal added a short-handed goal in the third period to double the Coyotes lead.

The game featured two goals nine seconds apart. Arizona second-year player Tobias Rieder scored at 14:11 of the first period, then Dallas veteran Ales Hemsky immediately tied the game at 1.

Hanzal’s first goal was the 100th of his career, inspiring him to give this amusing quote: “It’s a nice number. It took me what, nine years? In another 35, I might catch Doaner.”

Arizona goalie Louis Domingue made 37 saves against the NHL’s top-scoring offense.

The 33-34-7 Coyotes are one win from evening up their wins and losses. They play Saturday night at 8 p.m. MST on home ice against the Philadelphia Flyers. Arizona is not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention but trails the Minnesota Wild for the final wild-card spot by 10 points with eight games to play.

Coyotes Continue Success Over Edmonton Oilers

On an evening that included defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s return from injury, the Arizona Coyotes continued their run of dominance against the Edmonton Oilers with a 4-2 victory at home Tuesday.

Alex Tanguay opened the scoring around five minutes into the game with an assist by Ekman-Larsson. After the Oilers evened the score later that period with a Jordan Eberle goal on a power play, Martin Hanzal put Arizona ahead in the second period with a power play goal and Tobias Rieder added a third. Max Domi scored the fourth goal in the final period.

Ekman-Larsson was on the ice for all four Coyotes goals.

The Coyotes have not lost in regulation to the Oilers since Jan. 25, 2011, and are 19-0-4 against the team during that span.

The game was number 1,485 for Arizona captain Shane Doan, who passes Glen Wesley to reach 22nd place in the NHL for career games played.

The next game for the 32-34-7 Coyotes is a home game Thursday night against the Dallas Stars, the leaders of the NHL’s Western Conference.