Dustin Brown scored twice and Martin Jones made 26 saves for his sixth career shutout as the L.A. Kings blanked the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 Thursday night.
The loss was the Coyotes sixth straight at home tying a franchise record.
The Coyotes have gone 172:23 without scoring a goal at home – a stretch of over two and a half games.
Following Thursday’s loss the team held a 20-minute team meeting.
“Everyone had an opportunity to kind of express themselves and what they think,” said captain Shane Doan. “It’s important that we understand that no one’s going to feel sorry for you. They’ll be a lot of people pointing fingers from the outside, and we gotta make sure we’re good on the inside and we just gotta be better as a group. But our belief in each other has to be better, and we gotta have a belief in the fact that we’re a good enough team to win.”
Jarret Stoll and Alec Martinez had the other Kings goals.
The Coyotes team meeting comes after news surfaced that GM Don Maloney addressed the team on Saturday following its’ 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames.
“We don’t get enough credit for how many skilled guys we have on our team,” said Mike Smith, who was pulled after allowing three goals on 20 shots. “We have good hockey players, and all you read about is how we’re not skilled enough or we don’t score enough goals. But it’s everyone giving a little more to prove people wrong in that sense.”
Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves in relief.
Arizona gets back to action on Saturday when the Boston Bruins visit.
Arizona Coyotes’ forward Tobias Rieder helped erase an early 1-0 Oilers lead scoring twice, shorthanded, in a 58-second span Monday night.
With Coyotes’ captain Shane Doan off for roughing, Rieder, originally an Edmonton Oilers draft pick (114th overall in 2011), doubled his goal totals for the season.
Rieder’s two goals were impressive, but came well shy of the NHL record for fastest consecutive shorthanded goals by one player.
He did however set a record for fastest shorthanded goals scored by a rookie.
Rieder was traded by the Oilers to the Coyotes before ever playing a game for Edmonton.
In March 2013 the Oilers sent Rieder to the Coyotes for Kale Kessy.
Kessey, the Coyotes fourth-round pick in 2011 (111th overall), has yet to appear in an NHL game.
Rieder now has four goals and seven points in 15 games this season.
The Vancouver Canucks have been one of the NHL’s best comeback stories so far this season, but that wasn’t reflected in their play tonight. Martin Hanzal had a hat trick and Devan Dubnyk posted a 35-save shutout to lead the Arizona Coyotes to a 5-0 victory.
Hanzal found the back of the net in the first period to give the Coyotes the early lead despite the fact that they were outshot 12-3 through 20 minutes. Hanzal then broke this game open with back-to-back goals roughly nine seconds apart in the second period.
The hat trick goal had to sting for Miller, especially seeing as he felt the previous goal was scored on a high stick:
“I’m disappointed in that call,” Miller said, according to the Vancouver Province’s Jason Botchford. “The ref didn’t see it. I looked over and he wasn’t even looking.”
Regardless, it was Hanzal’s second career hat trick. His first was on Dec. 4, 2008, per the Coyotes’ Dave Vest.
Shane Doan scored in the final seconds of the second frame to add insult to injury.
The Coyotes suffered a scare when defenseman Keith Yandle left the game late in the first period after falling and crashing foot first into the end boards. He returned though and finished the contest with a goal and two assists.
This was also a big game for Dubnyk, who earned his first shutout since Dec. 27, 2013. He now has a 2.54 GAA and .913 save percentage in five games this season and given Mike Smith’s shaky play so far, it’ll be interesting to see if Dubnyk starts to play more.
Vancouver will get some time off to regroup before playing Edmonton on Wednesday.