BOSTON -- The Coyotes lost Tuesday’s game at Boston, 6-0, in the finale of a five-game trip vs. Eastern Conference teams. Nevertheless, Arizona finished the trip with a 2-2-1 mark, earning five of a possible 10 points.
Given the amount of miles they traveled over the past eight days, that’s not a bad journey.
“Whenever you can go .500 on a road trip this long I think you’ve got to look at some positives,” forward Jordan Martinook said. “Obviously we wanted to finish it up better tonight, but we played some good teams along this trip and to get five points is something we’ll build on. We’ve got a lot of time to work on some stuff coming up here in the next week. We’ve got one game (at home on Friday) and we’re going to put all our focus into that game and then go from there.”
Having played seven of their first 10 games on the road, the Coyotes will play three straight at home starting Friday vs. Vancouver.
Arizona will take off on another eight-day trip in just a few weeks when they head to Columbus, New York City, Montreal and Winnipeg from Nov. 13-21.
• The Coyotes played Tuesday’s game minus injured centers Antoine Vermette and Martin Hanzal. With Joe Vitale on the injured reserve list with a fractured orbital bone, Arizona is suddenly light at center. Meanwhile, defenseman Connor Murphy also missed Tuesday’s game. Murphy, Hanzal and Vermette all are nursing lower-body injuries and are considered day-to-day.
• The Coyotes, who entered the game averaging three goals per game, were shut out for the first time in 10 games this season.
“When you get chasing a game in our (back-to-back) situation tonight it was just tough sledding and we didn’t generate a whole lot,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “This will be a good lesson for our group. We’re going to be in this situation again. It’s too easy to say we have nothing left (and) this is the end of a road trip, but that’s not good enough. We want to be better than that.”
• Arizona has lost eight consecutive games to Boston. The last time the Coyotes defeated the Bruins was the first game of the 2010-11 season in a game played in Prague, Czech Republic.
• Tippett on goalie Mike Smith’s performance vs. the Bruins: “We left him out to dry tonight. That wasn’t on Mike tonight. ”