It was Head Coach Dave Tippett's 1,000th career game. It was the first game after a week to rest and recuperate. It didn't matter. The Arizona Coyotes were the same team that they were before the All-Star Break.
The Coyotes gave up three power play goals en route to an ugly 6-2 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at Gila River Arena. The loss was the second time in the last two games that the Coyotes conceded five goals or more.
1-0 Arizona: It's been that kind of season for the Shane Doan, Brad Richardson, Jordan Martinook line. Martinook intercepted a clearing attempt and skated the puck to the corner. He threw it back on net intending to create a rebound chance, but the puck squeaked past Jonathan Quick and tucked itself in on the far-side post to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead. Unassisted goal at 6:13.
1-1 Tie: Los Angeles exacted its revenge on the power play. Jake Muzzin skated in from the far faceoff circle, then roofed a shot over a screened Louis Domingue's right shoulder and into the net. Assists to Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty on the power play goal at 3:40.
2-1 Arizona: Max Domi and Anthony Duclair played much of tonight's game together, and for good reason. Domi went all the way up the slot and back to control the puck, and fed Duclair between the faceoff circles for a beautiful goal to give the Coyotes another lead. Assist to Domi on the goal at 6:40.
2-2 Tie: You'd be forgiven for thinking you watched the Muzzin goal on repeat. Drew Doughty fed Alec Martinez, who scored on a wrister through a screen from above the far-side faceoff circle. Assists to Doughty and Anze Kopitar on the power play goal at 9:57.
3-2 Los Angeles: Marian Gaborik has had a brutal year, so it must have been a great relief to him to score on a two-on-one play. Gaborik took it himself all the way from the neutral zone, and made no mistake over Domingue's glove. Assist to Dwight King on the goal at 18:47.
4-2 Los Angeles: Getting beat once from center ice in a season is embarrassing. Getting beat twice is inexcusable. Dustin Brown's simple dump-in was mishandled by Domingue, and the Kings went into the second intermission with a two goal lead. Assists to Milan Lucic and Luke Schenn on the goal at 18:59.
5-2 Los Angeles: Dustin Brown has scored seven times this year. Five of those goals have been against the Coyotes. This time, he floated a wrist shot from the high faceoff circle that Louis Domingue simply missed. Assists to Muzzin and Drew Shore on the goal at 3:08.
6-2 Los Angeles: The Arizona Coyotes penalty kill is now in full blown crisis mode, as they surrendered their third power play goal of the night to give the Kings an insurmountable lead. Vincent Lecavalier redirected an Alec Martinez corner shot at point-blank range over Anders Lindback, who replaced Louis Domingue. It barely went in, but barely is good enough. Assists to Martinez and Jamie McBain on the power play goal at 7:30.
|Los Angeles Kings||Arizona Coyotes|
|First Period Shots||10||7|
|Second Period Shots||14||10|
|Third Period Shots||11||8|
|Power Plays||3 for 7||0 for 5|
- For the Los Angeles perspective, check out Jewels From The Crown.
- Klas Dahlbeck and Jarred Tinordi sat out for the Coyotes tonight.
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson left the first period early after a hard hit from Luke Schenn. He returned for the second.
- Michael Stone had a better game after getting lit up against Winnipeg, but he still took a minor penalty that turned into Los Angeles' sixth goal, and he took no shots on goal.
- With an average times shorthanded mark of 3.48 per game and a penalty kill percentage of just 75.9%, the Coyotes are on pace to give up three power play goals within the span of four games.
- Brayden McNabb was the only Los Angeles defenseman to fail to record a point.
- Attendance: 12,261
It doesn't get any easier for the Coyotes, as they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. Puck drop is at 7 PM Arizona time.