A poor start their last time out helped end the Anaheim Ducks' early win streak. Their next opponent had trouble getting its offense going throughout its most recent game.
The Ducks will try to get back on track Sunday when they host the Phoenix Coyotes, who will seek to avoid a third straight defeat.
Anaheim allowed two goals in the first 7:40 against visiting Dallas on Friday, including one 13 seconds into the contest. The Ducks never recovered in a 3-1 loss that ended their string of four consecutive victories.
"We came out pretty flat. You can't do that against a good hockey club," captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "We've got to learn from it. We've still got a lot of good things going here. We won four in a row. We dropped one tonight, but we've got to get a big win Sunday."
Despite a 36-19 shot advantage, Anaheim (4-2-0) got its only goal when Corey Perry scored with 0.1 seconds left in the second period. Perry, though, was also charged with goaltender interference earlier in the period, which voided Cam Fowler's apparent power-play goal.
"It was no secret that we weren't ready," said Perry, who has scored in three straight games. "We know that, and we've got to respond."
The Coyotes (2-3-1) might feel the same way after totaling two goals over consecutive defeats. Before that, they had tallied nine goals in back-to-back wins.
After being outshot 35-16 in a 5-2 loss to Chicago on Tuesday, Phoenix held a 28-22 advantage against Los Angeles on Thursday but fell 2-0.
"The bottom line is we have to find ways to win," coach Dave Tippett said. "We need to be more determined and would like to see us execute better with the puck."
To help their sputtering offense, the Coyotes recalled Andy Miele from their AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine, on Friday. The center had an NCAA-best 71 points (24 goals, 47 assists) with Miami (Ohio) last season, winning the Hobey Baker Award, and contributed three goals and four assists in four games with Portland.
If Miele gets a chance to play, he'll try to help the Coyotes earn a third straight win over the Ducks and their third in a row at Honda Center.
Phoenix outscored Anaheim 11-4 in the final two matchups last season to earn a split of the six-game series.
Lauri Korpikoski scored two goals during a 5-2 win in Anaheim on March 13, but it was captain Shane Doan who had a team-best 10 points (three goals, seven assists) during the season series. Doan, who is one shy of 300 career goals, has 29 versus the Ducks, tied for his most against any opponent.
Perry, meanwhile, scored six of his NHL-best 50 goals last season against Phoenix, his most versus any foe. He had four or more goals against seven different clubs en route to winning the Hart Trophy.
The Ducks could use more help from his linemate Getzlaf, who has only two assists this season. The Anaheim captain, though, might not snap his goal-scoring drought Sunday.
Getzlaf hasn't found the net in his last seven games against the Coyotes, although he does have seven assists in that stretch. He had four in a 6-4 victory at Phoenix on Nov. 27, aiding Bobby Ryan's hat trick.