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WASHINGTON — The road doesn’t get any easier


Posted 1:42 am, 03/14/2019

Sunday for the Arizona Coyotes.After being shutout 4-0 by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night the Coyotes travel to play the Washington Capitals in a 5 p.m. ET start at Capital One Arena.Arizona (7-7-1) has lost three straight games after a five-game winning streak.Article continues below ...The Penguins broke a scoreless tie with three second-period goals [url= http://www.goldenknightssho...ey]William Karlsson Jersey[/url] , including one by Sidney Crosby, who later added an assist.“I had a good start and then they scored three in the second there,” Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper told NHL.com. “That was kind of too big of a hole to come back. I don’t think anyone’s happy, for sure. But we just have to make sure we’re not getting overly frustrated. Kind of use it as motivation to get back out there and have our best game in a while.”Kuemper, who was starting in place of Antti Raanta (lower body injury) made 27 saves. He has allowed at least four goals in each of his last three starts.The Coyotes had a four-minute power play late in the second period but were unable to convert.“It looked like they were a little tense on that,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. “You get one there maybe you get some juice. Didn’t like that four minute. Didn’t see a lot of leading going on out there. It was discouraging for us.”Pittsburgh’s Casey DeSmith made 39 saves.Washington is the third stop in a four-game Arizona road trip.The Capitals had won two straight before Friday’s 2-1 loss to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.Sergei Bobrovsky outdueled Braden Holtby in a game in which all three goals came on power plays. Columbus converted 2 of 3 chances while Washington was 1-for-6.The Capitals have allowed four power play goals in their last three games.“Right now we just can’t seem to kill a penalty,” Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen said. “In a tight game, that hurts.”Niskanen, filling in for the injured John Carlson in Washington’s top power-play unit, scored the Capitals goal [url= http://www.jetsshoppro.com/...]Authentic Blake Wheeler Jersey[/url] , his third of the season. He also lost his stick while trying to defend against Anthony Duclair, who scored the go-ahead goal on Friday.The Capitals have the NHL’s second-ranked power play (32.7 percent), but they’ll be facing a Coyotes penalty kill that leads the league with nine short-handed goals.“They’re able to really generate some offense and keep teams on their heels,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said, “And it’s just important to understand that we have five guys on the ice, they have four, but we still need to outwork them and we still need to make sure we’re in proper position to protect our teammates and not give up any free offense on that.”Arizona boasts the NHL’s top penalty kill (91.5 percent).Carlson missed Friday’s game with a lower body injury. He practiced Saturday and could return against Arizona. Carlson is the NHL’s fourth leading scorer among defensemen with five goals and 18 points.Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, who is on a six-game point streak, was excused from practice Saturday but is expected to play Sunday.Arizona defenseman Alex Goligoski missed Saturday night’s game due to a lower body injury.Holtby is 4-1 with a 2.80 GAA and .908 save percentage against the Coyotes. DALLAS (AP) " Miro Heiskanen and the Dallas Stars‘ new defense stepped up " on offense " Friday night.Heiskanen, a rookie [url= http://www.jetsshoppro.com/...tle-jersey] http://www.jetsshoppro.com/...ersey[/url] , had his first two-goal game, and the Stars, behind four goals from defensemen, rallied to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4.“I think it was the most shots that got through from our defense all season,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “The four goals were important.”With four defensemen injured, the 19-year-old Heiskanen has become one of the more experienced Dallas blueliners. He scored from above the left faceoff circle in the second period and from the right point in the third.Montgomery was most impressed by Heiskanen’s first goal.“What a great release! To get a shot on a knuckle puck without settling it. It’s on his stick and it’s off his stick. The goalie doesn’t have time to move,” he said.Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson had to do plenty of moving. The Stars had 54 shots on goal, one off the record for their 24 seasons in Dallas. Anderson finished with 48 saves, one away from his season high.“It was pretty fun,” Anderson said. “A lot of action. Got to play the puck a lot. They’re the kind of team to throw everything at the net.”Taylor Fedun [url= http://www.jetsshoppro.com/...sey]Womens Connor Hellebuyck Jersey[/url] , in his first game for the Stars, scored the goal that put them ahead to stay 3-2. Gavin Bayreuther scored his first goal in his fifth NHL game into an empty net after Ottawa came back from three goals down to trail just 5-4.Heiskanen just missed a shot for an empty-net goal and a hat trick.“It was amazing to witness how everybody on the bench was pulling for him to get the hat trick,” Montgomery said.Forwards Jamie Benn and Blake Comeau also scored for Dallas.Ryan Dzingel, Brady Tkachuk, Maxime Lajoie and Zach Smith scored for the Senators.Ottawa’s losing streak grew to a season-high three games. The Senators are 2-7-1 on the road.“We can score goals,” coach Guy Boucher said, “but we can’t prevent them from scoring against us. On the road it’s a lot tougher, and we’re paying for it.The Senators twice held one-goal leads. Dallas came back with four in a row late in the second period and early in the third, starting with rookie Heiskanen’s first that tied the game at 12:45 of the second period.Fedun scored the tiebreaking goal at 18:48 of the second. Heiskanen and Comeau added third-period goals for a 5-2 lead.After Lajoie and Smith rallied Ottawa within a goal before Bayreuther scored with 2:10 to play.Dzingel and Tkachuk had given Ottawa its early leads.Anton Khudobin stopped 29 shots for the Stars.Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan had three assists, and Thomas Chabot and Matt Duchene added two apiece.For Dallas [url= http://www.jetsshoppro.com/...sey]Dmitry Kulikov Jersey[/url] , Mattias Janmark, Devin Shore and Alexander Radulov each had two assists.Teamwork resulted in the game’s first goal for Ottawa 3:05 into the game. Chabot dug the puck out of the left corner and Ryan took it behind the goal line and passed out to Dzingel in front, who scored his 10th goal of the season on a wrist shot.Dallas tied the game 1-1 at 10:22. Tyler Seguin sent the puck across from the right corner, and Benn deflected it into the left side of the net before Anderson could get back into position.Ottawa took its last lead on Tkachuk’s goal on its first power play at 10:02 of the second period.NOTES: Ottawa D Ben Harpur returned after missing two months because of a back injury. … Senators RW Mark Stone left in the third period after being hit in the face by a shot. … Stars C Devin Shore (lower-body injury) started the game after missing four games on injured reserve. G Ben Bishop (lower body) went on IR. … D Julius Honka (illness) was inactive for the second straight game. … D Taylor Fedun was recalled from Texas of the AHL to play his first game for Dallas since being traded from Buffalo on Nov. 10. . The North Stars/Stars franchise record for shots is 68 in Minnesota’s 4-3 loss to the Kings on March 24, 1981.UP NEXTSenators: At the Rangers on Monday to play the third of four straight road games.Stars: At Colorado on Saturday to begin a four-game trip during a stretch with seven of eight games on the road.

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