Mike Smith allows four goals in third period, Coyotes suffer heart-breaking loss: By the numbers

Mar 3, 2014, 5:53 AM | Updated: 5:53 am

The free-falling Phoenix Coyotes continued their downward decent Sunday evening in the most heartbreaking of fashions.

After building a two-goal lead after two periods of play, the Coyotes gave up three tallies in under 10 minutes and saw their once-promising prospects of taking down an elite Western Conference foe, the St. Louis Blues, fall by the wayside.

Following a blatant no-call on a trip of Keith Yandle, Patrick Berglund netted his second of two third period goals with under one minute and 40 seconds to play, and the Blues escaped Jobing.com Arena with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory.

Here’s a look back at Phoenix’s latest disappointing result by the numbers:

1:

That’s the number of points the Coyotes have accumulated since the 18-day Olympic break. With three consecutive losses to the Jets, Avalanche and Blues, Phoenix finds itself all the way down in 11th place.

2:

While the four goals allowed certainly hurt, the Coyotes’ offense continues to be the weak link. For the third consecutive game, Phoenix failed to score more than two goals.

3:

Allowing third-period goals continues to be an issue for Phoenix goaltenders. Thomas Greiss allowed three in Friday’s loss in Colorado, bringing the total to seven in two games.

4:

And speaking of those two goals, both came by members of the fourth line — Paul Bissonnette and Jeff Halpern. The duo now have five combined tallies in 2013-14.

7:

Making his first start as a member of the Blues, Ryan Miller stopped 23 of 25 shots in the victory. And with that victory, the veteran netminder moved to a perfect 7-0-0 in his career against the Coyotes, including three wins this season.

11:

After skating four shifts in the third period, top-line center Martin Hanzal left for the locker room and did not return. His status for Tuesday night’s contest against the Canucks is unknown.

14:

The Coyotes’ current four-game losing streak is the longest of any of the 14 teams in the Western Conference. It also ties their longest of the season set back on Jan. 9-14.

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