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Jonathan Bernier and the Maple Leafs shut down the Coyotes

Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett on December 31, 2013
Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett on December 31, 2013
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Phoenix Coyotes were on a two-game winning streak and the Toronto Maple Leafs were on a four-game winning streak. On Monday night the visiting Maple Leafs kept rolling to their fifth straight win after knocking off the Coyotes 4-2. Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier made 39-saves in the win and constantly stymied the Coyotes attack.

“We had opportunities to score and we didn't,” Coyotes forward Shane Doan said. “Bernier played well for them and we had opportunities that we didn't bury. That's the difference in the game.”

Phoenix was down 3-0 after two periods and was its once worse enemy throughout the loss. The Coyotes surrendered two power play goals and a late comeback was shutdown by their inability to stay out of the penalty box.

Coyotes forwards Mike Ribeiro and Antoine Vermette both scored in the third period but four Phoenix penalties doomed a possible comeback.

“We seemed like in the third period once we did get going, every time we get some momentum we took a penalty,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. “There's little things that come back to haunt us on and off all year and those continue to be areas of concern and areas we have to improve in.”

The loss dropped the Coyotes season tally to 23-17-9 and Toronto improved to 26-0-5.

Phoenix has loss five out of their last seven-games but the Coyotes have no time to dwell on the past as they head out on a three-game road trip to western Canada. Phoenix has Tuesday off to travel before taking on the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.

“We're trying to win the next game,” Tippett said. “You try to win the next game. If you're worried about long winning streaks right now you're not focusing on the one at hand. We've got a tough road trip here. We'll think about the game in Calgary.”

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