After four seasons as coach, Rick Tocchet and the Arizona Coyotes have agreed to part ways, after the NHL team missed the playoffs for the seventh time in eight seasons.
The Arizona Coyotes ended their regular season with a 5-4 win over the Sharks on Saturday night.
The Arizona Coyotes beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on May 7.
The Kings ended Arizona’s playoff hopes and bolstered their own longshot chances in the Coyotes’ home season finale.
Jakob Chychrun scored his 17th goal, which leads all NHL defensemen, and Christian Dvorak scored for the Coyotes. Darcy Kuemper had 22 saves.
With the back-to-back losses, the Coyotes fell three points behind St. Louis for the final playoff spot in the West Division with the Blues holding three games in hand. Arizona has lost nine of 11 games overall.
Arizona fought back from a 4-0 deficit on goals from Michael Bunting, Clayton Keller and Jakob Chychrun to pull within one.
The Coyotes dominated early, but couldn’t get anything else past the Wild's Cam Talbot in losing for the seventh time in eight games.
The Coyotes had numerous neutral-zone breakdowns and missed an opportunity after pulling within a goal early in the third period. They lost for the sixth time in seven games.
"I don’t want to be cheesy, but I will say there was something there," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "We went down 2-0, but I thought we were still playing good hockey and guys had some juice from the night. I think there was something there with Leighton."
Her name will join Wayne Gretzky, Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick, Teppo Numminen, Dale Hawerchuk, Thomas Steen, and Bobby Hull inside Gila River Arena.
It was the Wild’s first game since the death on Sunday of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black man fatally shot by police during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb.
Mats Zuccarello scored twice and Nick Bonino had a goal and two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild past the Arizona Coyotes 5-2.
Arizona pulled within one with third-period goals by Michael Bunting and Johann Larsson but Rantanen had an empty-netter with just under two minutes remaining to seal the victory.
Tomas Nosek scored the game’s lone goal, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 14 shots and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Arizona Coyotes 1-0 on Sunday.
After opening a 5-0 lead early in the second period, Vegas survived a third-period rally and improved to 12-5-0 all-time against Arizona, including 4-1-0 this season.
Adrian Kempe and Jeff Carter scored early in the third period to even it for the Kings, who snapped their three-game skid with the comeback.
Adin Hill made 36 saves to improve to 6-1-0 as a starter since Antti Raanta sustained a lower-body injury.
Chychrun is tied with Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse for the league lead in goals by a defenseman with 12, matching his career-high in 25 fewer games than he needed last season.
A couple of rookies played huge roles in the Coyotes’ 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.