The Arizona Coyotes have now started their five-game road trip with a 0-4-0 record following a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Last week, the Coyotes sat just four points out of the playoff picture, but now are on the brink of packing it in for the season following their fifth consecutive regulation loss.
Arizona has lost all four games of their five-game road-trip now. The contest on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers was the lone game of the road-trip that the Coyotes’ opponent would not be inside the Eastern Conference playoff picture, yet the Coyotes were still unable to come away with points.
The floodgates opened up early in the contest with four first period goals.
Claude Giroux‘s scored his 17th goal of the season four minutes after Richardson’s goal to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. The Flyers would not relinquish the lead the remainder of the game. Sam Gagner netted the Flyers final goal of the first period 40 seconds after Giroux’s goal to push the lead to 3-1.
Following the high-scoring first frame, a physical brand of hockey came about in the second period of play, in which Arizona’s Kevin Connauton and Philadelphia’s Scott Laughton dropped the gloves.
For the fourth straight road-game the Coyotes were able to cut a two-goal deficit to just one goal in the third period when Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored with 13:27 remaining in regulation. However, for the fourth straight road-game the Coyotes were unable to even the score, unfortunately.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored his fifth goal of the year to seal the deal for the Flyers and sent the Philadelphia faithful home happy.
Louis Domingue started yet again for the Coyotes and saved 29 of 33 shots on target. Michal Neuvirth started in net for the Flyers and walked away with the No. 1 star of the game as he stopped 29 of 31 Coyotes shots.
The Coyotes power-play struggles continued as the team went 0-for-4 with the man-advantage. The Coyotes are 1-for-15 on the power-play through the first four games of their road-trip.
The Coyotes will wrap up their road-trip on Sunday when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. The trade deadline for the NHL is on Monday, so the Coyotes roster could very well be a bit different when they return home next week.