The Coyotes scoring chances were few and far between, and although they outshot the Devils 38-28 on the night, it was New Jersey who always had the better offensive opportunities.
After several defensive zone lapses that Mike Smith made up for, the Coyote goaltender failed to close the five-hole in time with seven and a half minutes left in the first period. Scott Gomez came down the ice unobstructed after a bad pass from Connor Murphy, and snuck one through the Arizona goalie's legs to give New Jersey the 1-0 lead.
The Coyotes had a great chance to tie the game up with two minutes left in the first. Shane Doan brought a rebound off Cory Schneider back around the net without any challenges from the Devils defenders. The Captain put it on net while Schneider still had no idea where the puck was, but the goalie landed on top of the puck to preserve the 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
In a largely uneventful second, the Coyotes somehow finished the stanza with a 28-19 edge in shots on net. Unfortunately, none of those shots were particularly challenging for Schneider. A lot of those shots came from the edges of the offensive zone, not really making the Devil goaltender work for any of his saves.
Less than two minutes into the third, Mike Cammalleri leaked out down the ice, got a nice outlet pass from Jordin Tootoo, and beat Mike Smith with the backhand to make it 2-0.
That goal got the New Jersey fans turnt:
For some reason, there is a wave going on in the stands. #NJDevils— In Lou We Trust (@InLouWeTrust) February 24, 2015
It's going on 7 rotations. #NJDevils— In Lou We Trust (@InLouWeTrust) February 24, 2015
The Coyotes had a chance to break up the shutout with about four minutes left, but Brandon Gormley found the post instead of the net after getting the puck above Schneider's right shoulder.
Cammalleri would score an empty-netter for his second of the night and 22nd of the season to seal the game.
Our Three Stars
- Cory Schneider: I mean, he did stop all 38 shots he faced from the Coyotes on Monday. And a couple of the saves he worked hard for.
- Mike Cammalleri: Two goals on five shots.
- Lucas Lessio: Although there were no points to be had, Lessio was the one Coyote who seemed to at least attempt to mix it up with the Devils and get some energy flowing.
- For the New Jersey perspective, visit In Lou We Trust
- The Coyotes had 14 shots in the second period, bucking the trend of struggling to put the puck on net in the middle portion of the game.
- Arizona's 38 shots are the most they've had in a single game since January 29th at Toronto when they had 45.
- This is the first time the Coyotes failed to score a goal since January 6th against the Blues
- The losing streak is now six games
- Jaromir Jagr is old
The Coyotes head to Long Island to face the New York Islanders on Tuesday for one last time in Nassau Coliseum. The puck will drop at 5 PM MST on Fox Sports Arizona.