Lackluster Arizona Coyotes blanked by Washington Capitals

The Arizona Coyotes weren’t able to follow Tuesday’s comeback win with the same effort.  Instead, the team was outperformed by the Washington

Capitals after falling behind with two consecutive goals allowed in the second period. The Coyotes couldn't find an answer, losing 4-0 at Mullett Arena on Thursday. 

A goaltender interference review that tipped in the Coyotes' favor erased Lars Eller's goal at 5:21 in the second period and could have been the spark for the Coyotes.

However, the Coyotes were stalled offensively. Former Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper had 26 saves, including just one shot from three power play opportunities.  Start the

day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. “It was a stinker obviously,” Coyotes defenseman Troy Stecher said. “We didn’t have a very

good effort and our execution wasn’t very good. We’re going through a little slump here and it was nice to get a win last game and you’d think we turned a corner, but this league

humbles you pretty quick.”  NHL: Scoreboard | Standings | Statistics Challenging beginnings  The offense took a hit when

the team’s leading goal scorer Lawson Crouse was out with an upper-body injury. The left winger is listed as day-to-day and was replaced by Jack McBain on the second line with

Nick Bjugstad and Dylan Guenther. Michael Carcone was recalled from the Tucson Roadrunners (American Hockey League) and was on the fourth line with Zack Kassian.