WASHINGTON — The road doesn’t get any easier Sunday for the Arizona Coyotes.After being shutout 4-0 by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night the Coyotes travel to play the Washington Capitals in a 5 p.m. ET start at Capital One Arena.Arizona (7-7-1) has lost three straight games after a five-game winning streak.Article continues below ...The Penguins broke a scoreless tie with three second-period goals Adidas Riley Nash Jersey
, including one by Sidney Crosby, who later added an assist.“I had a good start and then they scored three in the second there,” Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper told NHL.com. “That was kind of too big of a hole to come back. I don’t think anyone’s happy, for sure. But we just have to make sure we’re not getting overly frustrated. Kind of use it as motivation to get back out there and have our best game in a while.”Kuemper, who was starting in place of Antti Raanta (lower body injury) made 27 saves. He has allowed at least four goals in each of his last three starts.The Coyotes had a four-minute power play late in the second period but were unable to convert.“It looked like they were a little tense on that,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. “You get one there maybe you get some juice. Didn’t like that four minute. Didn’t see a lot of leading going on out there. It was discouraging for us.”Pittsburgh’s Casey DeSmith made 39 saves.Washington is the third stop in a four-game Arizona road trip.The Capitals had won two straight before Friday’s 2-1 loss to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.Sergei Bobrovsky outdueled Braden Holtby in a game in which all three goals came on power plays. Columbus converted 2 of 3 chances while Washington was 1-for-6.The Capitals have allowed four power play goals in their last three games.“Right now we just can’t seem to kill a penalty,” Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen said. “In a tight game, that hurts.”Niskanen, filling in for the injured John Carlson in Washington’s top power-play unit, scored the Capitals goal Adidas Anthony Duclair Jersey
, his third of the season. He also lost his stick while trying to defend against Anthony Duclair, who scored the go-ahead goal on Friday.The Capitals have the NHL’s second-ranked power play (32.7 percent), but they’ll be facing a Coyotes penalty kill that leads the league with nine short-handed goals.“They’re able to really generate some offense and keep teams on their heels,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said, “And it’s just important to understand that we have five guys on the ice, they have four, but we still need to outwork them and we still need to make sure we’re in proper position to protect our teammates and not give up any free offense on that.”Arizona boasts the NHL’s top penalty kill (91.5 percent).Carlson missed Friday’s game with a lower body injury. He practiced Saturday and could return against Arizona. Carlson is the NHL’s fourth leading scorer among defensemen with five goals and 18 points.Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, who is on a six-game point streak, was excused from practice Saturday but is expected to play Sunday.Arizona defenseman Alex Goligoski missed Saturday night’s game due to a lower body injury.Holtby is 4-1 with a 2.80 GAA and .908 save percentage against the Coyotes. ST. LOUIS (AP) Nathan MacKinnon thought back to the Colorado Avalanche’s struggles last season and couldn’t help but chuckle.”We were out of the (playoff chase) with 30 games left,” he said.Thanks in part to MacKinnon Adidas Martin Hanzal Jersey
, it’s a much different story this season.MacKinnon had two goals and an assist, Semyon Varlamov stopped 44 shots and the Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Thursday night.Mikko Rantanen also scored twice and Gabriel Landeskog had three assists to help the Avalanche win their third straight to move into the first wild card spot in the Western Conference, one point ahead of idle Dallas – and five ahead of St. Louis. The Avalanche, who won 10 in a row from Dec. 29-Jan. 22, are 6-0-3 in their last nine games.”Right now every point matters, every point counts,” Varlamov said. ”Every game is like a playoff for us. This feels great just to be part of this.”Colorado finished with an NHL-worst 48 points last year, which makes this year’s turnaround even more enjoyable.”That’s a playoff-type game, as close as you get to the playoffs without getting in there,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. ”Our guys played with great urgency Adidas Blake Comeau Jersey
, commitment and intensity. You play like that – good things will happen to you.”Joel Edmundson scored for St. Louis, and Jake Allen finished with 19 saves. The Blues were coming off road wins at Los Angeles and Anaheim, but couldn’t keep the momentum going at home where they fell to 20-15-0.”We definitely haven’t played our best at home,” Allen said.The Blues are now on the outside looking in as far as the playoff chase is concerned.”Absolutely we have lots of time, lots of hockey left to be played,” St. Louis center Brayden Schenn said. ”Obviously we’re going to need some help, but we have to do our part and get the wins.”MacKinnon scored twice in a span of 2:53 in the first period to give Colorado a 2-0 lead with just under seven minutes remaining. He has 11 goals and 13 assists in 13 games since returning from a shoulder injury on Feb. 18.MacKinnon, who leads the team with 35 goals, had his 24 multipoint game, the most by a Colorado player since Joe Sakic posted 28 in the 2006-07 season.”He’s playing great Adidas Erik Condra Jersey
, one of the best players in the league right now,” Rantanen said. ”Speed is his thing. It’s fun to watch.”Edmundson pulled the Blues within one at 9:15 of the second with his seventh.Rantanen slipped a backhander past Allen with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the middle period, and added an empty-netter with 41 seconds to go in the third.NOTES: Nicole Hensley, a goalie on the gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team, dropped the ceremonial first puck. Hensley played college hockey at Lindenwood University in nearby St. Charles. … Edmundson returned to the lineup after missing 13 games with fractured right forearm. The Blues were 4-7-2 without him. … Colorado’s string of eight successive games with a power-play goal came to a halt. It was the longest streak since Jan. 14-31, 2006. … The Blues have scored first in 38 of 71 games this season.UP NEXTAvalanche: Host Nashville on Friday night.Blues: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday night.