The San Jose Sharks came into Phoenix on Saturday and reminded the Coyotes why they will be watching the Stanley Cup playoffs from the comfort of their respective couches. The Sharks were paced by two goals Joe Pavelski and were in complete control in the 3-2 win against the Coyotes.
Frustrations are piling up for the Coyotes during their seven-game losing and their captain was quite blunt in his assessment of their current situation.
“We've got to be better and find a way to end this stupid streak,” Coyotes forward Shane Doan said.
The Coyotes offense was paced by Mike Ribeiro's 16th goal of the season, midway through the second period. Shane Doan scored his 22nd goal of the season 44-second into the third period.
Even with the lack of great offensive output Phoenix remained in the game due to the work of goalie Mark Visentin. The Hamilton, Ontario native was making his NHL debut on Saturday night and stopped 24-26 shots n the losing effort.
“Start with Visentin in his first game,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippet said. “He looked a little jittery early but then he settled in. Second and third period I thought he was solid.”
The Coyotes seven-game skid cost them a shot a playoff berth in the highly competitive Western Conference. Phoenix was eliminated from the eighth and final spot on Thursday and will watch the Dallas Stars cruise into the playoffs.
This is the second consecutive season that the Coyotes have missed that playoffs and the frustration of playing a long season and not qualifying to play for the Stanley Cup is mounting.
“Nobody likes it (missing the playoffs),” Doan said. “It's frustrating. It's a long year and you want to play in the playoffs. You want to play the extra ones. Those are the ones that you enjoy playing the most, the reason why you play all the other ones. You kind of feel like you played the rest of them for nothing. It's depressing. It's not a fun feeling.”
The Coyotes end their 2013-14 season on Sunday evening against the visiting Dallas Stars. The puck is scheduled to drop at Jobing.com Arena at 6:00 p.m. (PST)