The Coyotes thought a change in goalie would spark a turn around but even with a different guy in the cage the results were the same. Second string goalie Thomas Greiss surrendered four-goals in less than two-periods and the Coyotes fell to the visiting Anaheim Ducks 5-3 on Saturday night.
It was the Coyotes fourth loss in their last five games and their captain was very blunt in his assessment of his squad.
“We haven't been good enough,” Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. “We've got to get better as a group. To a man you have to be better. I've got to be better. Yands (Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle) has to be better. Marty (Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal) has to be better. As a group we have to be better.”
Starting in place of the slumping Mike Smith, Greiss gave up four-goals in the loss. Greiss stopped 19 of 23-shots but resembled a matador after giving up three-goals in a 5:11 stretch in the second period. Smith replaced Greiss and gave up one goal in relief.
Phoenix jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Lauri Korpikoski put back his own rebound at 3:57 in the opening period. It was his seventh goal of the season and it gave the Coyotes the early lead.
It was the only time that Phoenix was in control of the game. A turnover by Yandle turned into an Anaheim goal at 12:27 in the first period. It was Hampus Lindholm's fourth goal of the season and the score was tied.
“I turned one over and they scored after it,” Yandle said. “I've been terrible. I take a lot of the credit, part of the blame for that. It's kind of put on me, not helping my team.”
The Ducks scoring barrage was just starting. Ultimately they would score four answered goals and take a commanding 5-1 lead early into the third period.
Martin Hanzal and Mike Ribeiro both scored in the third period to make it a 5-3 game but the contest was not as close as the final score indicated.
Phoenix has lost two straight and finished their six-game home stand 2-4. The Coyotes have lost seven of their last ten-games and are 21-14-9 this season.
“I know we're not very good,” Doan said. “We haven't been very good for a while.”
The Coyotes are now embarking on a brief two-game road trip. Their first stop is Winnipeg, where they will square off against the Jets on Monday. Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett is optimistic about hitting the road.
“We've got to regroup,” Tippett said. “I think going on the road will be good for us.”