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'Yotes Notes: Coyotes fall in second straight road blowout

New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen (51), of Denmark, left wing Matt Moulson (26), defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (11), of Slovakia, and center John Tavares (91) celebrate after Tavares scored in the first period of an NHL hockey game at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday were blown out on the road for the second straight game - this time losing a 6-1 contest to the New York Islanders.

The Coyotes again fell behind in the game's opening minutes when New York's Peter Regin found the top-right corner of the net just 1:49 into the first period following a Coyotes' turnover. The Islanders added a second goal during a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage toward the end of the first period, and scored a third midway through the second period to take a 3-0 lead.

Phoenix responded to a 3-0 deficit by scoring to make it 3-1 for the second consecutive game, but the Islanders scored twice more in the period to take a 5-1 lead into the second intermission.


The Coyotes lost 6-1 and have been outscored 10-2 over their last two games. There's not much good in that. The only bright spot may be the Coyotes' offense -- though it score just one goal, Phoenix out-shot New York 34-28.

Phoenix also racked up 34 hits to New York's 15 and the faceoff battle was nearly even.


Everything else.

Goalkeeper Mike Smith wasn't given much of a chance for the second consecutive game and didn't play the third period.

The Coyotes found themselves in an almost impossible 3-0 hole for the second straight game. The defense was porous, and Phoenix has allowed a league-high five power-play goals in its first three games after the Islanders went 2 for 6 Tuesday.

Things have gone so poorly that Phoenix -- which made accountability a strong talking point in a team meeting Monday night -- held a players-only meeting after the loss Tuesday.


"As a professional athlete, you get embarrassed. That's not acceptable. Not even close." - Coyotes captain Shane Doan to Fox Sports Arizona's Todd Walsh after the loss.


Phoenix defenseman Rusty Klesla may make his return during the Coyotes' four-game road trip. Klesla has been sidelined since suffering a concussion on a questionable hit from Los Angeles Kings center Jordan Nolan in a preseason game on Sept. 16.


The Coyotes take on the Detroit Red Wings Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.

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School: University of Akron, University of Arizona When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Sept., 2013 Favorite sports memory: Tie between flying from Akron, Ohio to Phoenix to be at the 2008 NFC Championship and being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series Favorite all-time athlete: Jim Thome Favorite sports movies: Tin Cup, Major League, The Waterboy Most crushing sports moment: Santonio Holmes' go-ahead touchdown in Super Bowl 43


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