Road struggles continue for Coyotes

SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 23: Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks touches gloves with teammate Dan Boyle after Boyle score a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2nd period of an NHL hockey game at the HP Pavilion on December 23, 2010 in San Jose, California. The Sharks won the game 4-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Patrick Marleau celebrates one of his two goals from last night. (Photo Courtesy: PicApp.com)

The Coyotes got a second period goal from Ray Whitney, but it was all down hill from there on as the Sharks would go on to score four straight goals unanswered in their 4-1 victory.  Patrick Marleau scored two goals and Dan Boyle and Joe Thornton scored a goal apiece for their fourth straight win.

It was the same old story for Phoenix in this one.  They allowed a ton of action on Jason LaBarbera.  LaBarbera had 39 shots thrown at him on the night.  The Coyotes also struggled putting pressure on Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi, who had to deal with only 25 shots on the night.  For a guy that has played as poorly as Niemi has so far this season, that was really disappointing seeing so little action on him.

The Desert Dogs were also in the penalty box a ton, which cost them a chance at a road win.  San Jose had eight power play opportunities and converted on three of them.  Ed Jovanovski and Lauri Korpikoski had two penalties apiece each.  Whenever you are facing a team as offensively talented as the Sharks, you want to stay out of the box as much as possible and the Coyotes failed to do that on Thursday night.

Phoenix closes the road trip on Sunday night in Dallas against the Stars.  They will be looking for only their second win on this six-game road trip.

Tags: Antti Niemi Dallas Stars Dan Boyle Jason LaBarbera Joe Thornton Patrick Marleau Ray Whitney San Jose Sharks

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