Same old results, different day.
Despite a mini shake-up which saw one player waived, one demoted, one traded, and two recalled, the Arizona Coyotes were unable to halt their home losing streak as it now stretches to seven games.
The Coyotes were outplayed from the drop of the puck and could do little to stop the Boston Bruins' onslaught, falling 5-2 on Saturday night in front of a crowd as friendly to Boston as they were to the home team.
The only positive the Coyotes could take out of Saturday's shellacking is the fact their home goal-less streak ended at 185:34 with a first period goal by Joe Vitale.
Arizona mixed and matched the lines, but the results were the same -- too many turnovers, too many odd-man rushes, too many mistakes and yet another loss.
Down from the word go, the Coyotes trailed for 59:02 of the 60-minute game. Less than six minutes into the game, the Coyotes were down a pair of goals.
There was plenty of offense to begin Saturday's game, as the two teams combined for three goals and 26 shots.
Arizona finally, mercifully broke its home goal-less streak on Vitale's third goal of the season, a wicked writer beating Tuukka Rask far-side on a 2-on-1. The problem? Boston already had two on the board.
The Bruins were eager to end a slump of their own and scored just 58 seconds into the game. A neutral zone turnover by Oliver Ekman-Larsson gave the Bruins an odd-man rush into the offensive zone. Reilly Smith found an open Brad Marchand for an easy goal.
"We gotta take those out of our game. That being said, we need our goaltender to clean up a little more," coach Dave Tippett said.
A misplay by Devan Dubnyk gave the puck right to Boston, and they promptly put it in the back of the net. Kevan Miller beat Dubnyk five-hole for his first of the season.
Things went from bad to worse in the middle frame as the Coyotes allowed three goals and pulled their starting netminder for the second time in as many games. Simon Gagne got things started with a goal off his skate that pin-balled around the pads of Devan Dubnyk and into the net. Marchand scored his second of the night off a pass on the 2-on-1 -- one of many odd man rushes for Boston on Saturday. Loui Eriksson ended Boston's 10-game power play goal drought with his fourth goal of the season in the waning seconds of the middle frame.
Both Arizona Coyotes saw action and neither one had success. Dubnyk's night ended after giving up four goals on 24 shots.
"It could be one-to-one if I didn't turn the puck over on the second one, and it doesn't hit somebody ending up in the net. The third one was just a strange play," Dubnyk said. "It's tough when you're pushing as hard as we are, and pucks are finding their way in the back of the net. What was important obviously was to keep that fourth one out and I wasn't able to do it."
Mike Smith stopped all but one of 10 shots in relief.
Mikkel Boedker tallied his team-high ninth goal of the season in the third period, scoring Arizona's first home power play goal since Oct. 25.
"Giving up five... I mean you score a couple goals in a five goal game, there's not much solace in that," Tippett said.
The Coyotes have a few days off before their next game on Thursday. Another shake up and a couple hard practices are surely on the way.
"There are different ways to get out of (the slump), and whether you get a line hot or special teams get hot or your goaltender gets hot, somebody's got to grab something and give us a little life line," Tippett said "The guys it usually comes down to when your team is struggling are your goaltenders and we haven't been able to find any consistency in that. Lots of try is one thing, but we've got to find a way to get more accomplished.
1. Brad Marchand - A pair of goals for the rambunctious forward.
2. Reilly Smith - Two primary assists.
3. Joe Vitale - At least that streak is over.
The Coyotes continue their five-game homestand on Thursday against the Nashville Predators. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.