Another big game at the Jobing.com Arena against a Western Conference foe, and another big letdown by the Phoenix Coyotes.
Facing the NHL’s best squad and their Pacific Division rivals, the Coyotes fell flat in a 5-3 loss at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks.
Here’s a look back at the two-goal defeat by the numbers:
Back-up goaltender Thomas Greiss got the nod in net against Anaheim, but his night wouldn’t last long. Greiss allowed four goals before being pulled midway through the second period for Mike Smith.
The loss marked Greiss’ first at home this season in four appearances.
Lauri Korpikoski recorded his second goal in his last three games, but surprisingly it didn’t lead to any points for Phoenix.
In fact, Korpikoski has had a point in 10 different games this season, and Saturday was just the second time the Coyotes came up empty-handed in the standings.
Anaheim’s three-goal spurt in the second frame changed the complexion of the contest — a trend that has become almost common place during the Coyotes’ recent home stand. In each of its last three losses, Phoenix has allowed at least three goals in one period.
Anaheim has been the league’s most dominant team to date, but no more so than when it faces Phoenix. In 2013-14, the Ducks finished a perfect 4-0-0 against the Coyotes.
The Ducks have allowed the opposing team to score first in each of their last five games. In all five games, however, Anaheim has come back and won.
Martin Hanzal had a goal and an assist in a losing effort, giving him six points during Phoenix’s six-game home stand.
Radim Vrbata didn’t light the lamp in the loss, but he did have three helpers for the third time in 2013-14. With those three assists, Vrbata moved into a team-lead with 34 total points.
With its 5-3 win Saturday, Anaheim has now posted a .941 winning percentage in its last 17 games. Of the 16 wins they’ve had in their last 17 games, eight have come by multiple goals.
The last time the Ducks swept the Coyotes in a season series was the 1993-94 campaign, when the franchise was still based in Winnipeg.