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'Yotes Notes: Fourth Line Produces Offense

Jordan Martinook, Ryan White and Lawson Crouse played well vs. LA

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Arizona got two goals and two assists from its fourth line vs. Los Angeles on Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough for the Coyotes to extend their winning streak to four games.

The Kings scored a late power-play goal and beat Arizona, 3-2, at Gila River Arena.

Fourth-line center Jordan Martinook and right winger Ryan White scored goals, and left winger Lawson Crouse notched two assists. All three players finished plus-1.

"They work," Tippett said. "They compete. They're in people's face. They hunt down loose pucks. When the puck goes to the net, they go after it ... They had both of our goals. There's no reason why they shouldn't keep going over the boards."

Martinook scored his goal at 8:48 of the first period to give Arizona a 1-0 lead. White scored his goal at 18:30 of the second period to put the Coyotes ahead 2-1.

The game slipped away from the Coyotes in the final 20 minutes when the Kings out-shot them, 13-9, and outscored them, 1-0.

"We didn't really come out and push as hard as we needed to in the third," Martinook said. "We didn't get a ton of chances. As much as you want to at least try and get a point out of that, it is what it is. We've got to do more to generate more offense in the third period to try and push back against what they are trying to do to us."

Video: Jordan Martinook discusses Coyotes' 3-2 loss to LA

• With two assists, Crouse notched the first multi-point game of his NHL career.

• The Kings scored the game-winning goal with 1:49 left in the third period during a power play they were awarded after Arizona center Martin Hanzal was called for tripping. That call, and a slashing call against Martinook earlier in the third period, did not sit well with Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett.

"We knew we were going to have come out of the (All-Star) break and push hard and we did," Tippett said. "It's too bad that a couple of soft calls like that impact the outcome of the game."

Video: Dave Tippett discusses Coyotes' 3-2 loss to LA

White, who extended his point streak to three games and led the team with six hits, said the tripping call vs. Hanzal was hard to swallow.

"We didn't really agree with the call, but I think it was a little bit more of a momentum call at that point," White said. "They were coming at us pretty good. Maybe that's another lesson to be had for our group - that we've got to find a way to push back there in the third and not let that momentum build."

Video: Ryan White discusses Coyotes' 3-2 loss to LA

• Captain Shane Doan played in his 1,515th game to move past Steve Yzerman and into sole possession of 16th place on the NHL's all-time games played list.

 

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