Scoring goals in hockey is good; not scoring goals, a bit problematic. The Phoenix Coyotes need to address their seeming inability to score a goal quickly if they want to salvage this season. The Coyotes were shutout for the third consecutive game, and fourth consecutive road game by Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings. Although the defense wasn't quite as bad as a 4-0 score might suggest, it was a pretty easy win for the Kings.
The Kings got a goal and assist each from Anze Kopitar, Tyler Toffoli, and Jeff Carter. For Toffoli, it was his first (of what will be many) NHL goal. The Coyotes had plenty of chances, but they are churning out saw dust squeezing the sticks so hard and can't buy a goal right now.
I've really got nothing productive to say at this point - just frustrating all around.
- The Coyotes shutout streaks stand as thus: Overall 194:05; on the road 240:23
- The first two Kings goals were on the power play and while obviously just one was enough, the real killer was Kopitar's even strength tally coming just after a Coyotes man advantage failed to score despite several glorious opportunities.
- Mike Smith was pulled after Jeff Carter scored the 4th Kings goal and Jason LaBarbera was strong in relief - no telling who gets the start in net tomorrow...for either team really.
- The Coyotes became the first team since the 1967-68 Oakland Seals to be shutout in 4 consecutive road games...ouch.
Five For Winning
Our Three Stars
Comment of the Night
Official Game Highlights
[Not yet available, nor were there any from the 'Yotes perspective.]
Right back at it tomorrow night with these same Kings at Staples Center. Maybe the Coyotes will score a goal...