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.”
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.
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.
The Arizona Coyotes defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Friday night, snapping a 10-game road streak of winless games. The game was tied at 1 early in the third period when veteran Coyotes center Antoine Vermette scored on a power play.
Another veteran, Brad Richardson, put a Shane Doan rebound past Flames goalie Joni Ortio with under six minutes remaining. Richardson then scored an empty-netter in the waning minutes to clinch the much-needed victory.
Young Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue was impressive with 24 saves and a 0.96 save percentage. Doan’s two assists put him at 41 points for the year, his 14th season with at least 40. He needs seven more assists to become the team’s all-time leader in that category.
Defenseman Dennis Wideman made his return after an arbitrator on Friday cut his 20-game suspension in half for injuring linesman Don Henderson. Wideman, who missed 19 games, says he wasn’t trying to hurt the ref. He expressed a hope for Henderson’s full recovery and said, “I still maintain that it was completely accidental and I had no intent on hitting Donnie at all.”
The Coyotes travel to Edmonton tonight to play the Oilers in an 8 p.m. MST start.