The Phoenix Coyotes had a chance to maintain their advantage in the playoff standings but were over matched by the visiting Boston Bruins on Saturday night at Jobing.com Arena. The 4-2 loss dropped the Coyotes record to 34-26-11 and they hold a two-point lead, with a game in hand, over the Dallas Stars for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Bruins came back from 2-1 deficit with three unanswered goals in the third period. The defending Eastern Conference champs have won 12 straight games.
“It's a disappointing one to let points slip away,” Coyotes forward Shane Doan said. “Give them credit they've obviously been finding ways to win games lately and they found a way tonight.”
A standing room only crowd of 17,468 saw the Coyotes jump out to a 2-1 lead on goals by Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. It was Doan's 20th goal of the season and it was 12th season in his career with 20 or more goals.
“We needed to be up more than one or two after the first half of the game,” Doan said. “We controlled the game. We let them hanging around and they found a way to come back.”
The Bruins stormed back in the final period on a pair of goals by Jarome Iginla, one an empty netter, and Shawn Thorton's fifth goal of the season.
Despite the loss Phoenix has won five of their last seven-games, with both of those losses coming at the hands of the Bruins. With 11-games left in the 1013-14 regular season the Coyotes are walking a tight rope to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“You got 11-games left,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. “You've got to do whatever you can to get as many points as you can if you're going to get in.”
The Coyotes head east for a three game odyssey that includes stops in New York, Pittsburgh and then back to New Jersey.
Phoenix is off Sunday before squaring off against the New York Rangers on Monday at Madison Square Garden. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. (ET)