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Final Look: Coyotes Kept Off the Board in Tampa Bay

Arizona shut out for the third time this season, Adin Hill makes 30 saves against Tampa Bay's high-powered offense

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES KEPT OFF THE BOARD IN TAMPA BAY

The Coyotes suffered just their third shutout loss of the season on Thursday night, falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 4-0 final at Amalie Arena.

Arizona is now 1-1-0 on its current three-game road trip, which comes to a close on Friday in Carolina.

A jam from in-tight and an unfortunate ricochet gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead in the first period, a period the Coyotes were relatively pleased with despite the disadvantage on the scoreboard.

"I didn't mind our first period at all," said head coach Rick Tocchet. "I know they got the two there at the end to make it look bad, but it wasn't. We were okay, it's just two crucial mistakes and then you're chasing the game, and when you're chasing the game you make more mistakes. It's a good learning lesson for us."

Tampa Bay added two more goals in the second period to up its lead to 4-0, the night's eventual final score.

The Coyotes' loss was the team's seventh in regulation on the road. They maintain the NHL's second-best road record despite the defeat, owning a 14-7-3 mark in opposing buildings.

Arizona successfully killed off its only penalty of the night and has killed off 16 consecutive penalties dating back to December 28.

Adin Hill finished the night with 30 saves on 34 shots faced.

"We have a new game tomorrow," said Oliver Ekman-Larsson . "Hopefully we can bounce back, play the right way, and get a win."

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TRACKING IT

GAME #46: ARIZONA (0) at TAMPA BAY (4)

  • SOG: ARI - 25, TBL - 37
  • PP: ARI - 0/2, TBL - 0/1

ARIZONA SCORING:

  • No Scoring

TAMPA BAY SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"It's tough when you're chasing a good team. I thought we were fine in the first period, a couple of lucky goals for them and we couldn't really push back in the second, we were chasing things a little bit and got away from our game plan."

Oliver Ekman-Larsson , on Thursday's 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Taylor Hall's first period breakaway bid

Built by a great sequence of short passes and puck support, Taylor Hall powered his way toward Tampa Bay's net for the game's first high-quality scoring chance just prior to the midway mark of the first period.

Jakob Chychrun won a defensive zone race and swatted to Christian Dvorak , who chipped to the outlet Hall.

Hall crossed through defenseman Jan Rutta with a great move to fly in on a breakaway but was denied by the right toe of Andrei Vasilevskiy, coming up inches short of providing valuable early-game momentum.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Adin Hill's third period save on Nikita Kucherov

Though the game was relatively out of reach come the third period, Adin Hill maintained his poise and composure, turning away all 12 shots he faced in the final frame, including a very fine point-blank stop of Nikita Kucherov with just under nine minutes to play, denying the Lightning forward's pursuit of a hat trick.

Reading a pass from behind his net, Hill squared up to Kucherov and stuck out his blocker to shun the quick-trigger attempt.

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PHOTO FINISH

Protecting the post. Adin Hill hugs the right side of the net to deny Anthony Cirelli's sharp-angle look in the first period of Thursday's 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. (Photo Credit: Mark LoMoglio - NHLI via Getty Images) 

Lead Photo Credit: Scott Audette - NHLI via Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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