PHOENIX — The Ducks' charter flight was scheduled to leave the Arizona desert just before midnight Monday — or about three days too late for Coach Bruce Boudreau's liking.
Because when the Ducks landed here last week, they had not lost consecutive games in more than 11 months, had given up more than three goals in regulation only once in three weeks and had not lost a game all season in which they scored more than twice.
All three of those streaks had ended before the team boarded the bus for the airport after a second straight 5-4 shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the game-winner in the fifth round of the shootout, capping a night that saw the Coyotes overcome deficits three times, twice in the third period.
"Whatever happened, it's got to end," said Boudreau, whose team is 15-3-1 against the rest of the league but winless in two games with the Coyotes.
And though they came home with two hard-earned points out of a possible four, that was of little consolation to Boudreau.
"If we want to be average or mediocre, then we can look at it as we got two points in the two games here," he snapped. "But if we want to be really good, we know we had chances to win both games and we didn't get the job done."
Matt Beleskey opened the scoring midway through the opening period, taking a pass from Ryan Getzlaf in the high slot, then beating Mike Smith with a wrister.
But the Ducks, who gave up leads three times in losing in Phoenix on Saturday, lost this advantage less than a minute into the second period when Antoine Vermette deflected home a shot.
The teams traded goals again late in the second period, then two more times in the third, with three of the four scores coming with someone in the penalty box.
Phoenix's Keith Yandle got the first on a power play less than a minute after Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller earned a delay-of-game penalty for clearing the puck into the stands. Then, with Beleskey in the box for high sticking, Getzlaf scored his first short-handed goal in more than five years, finishing a breakaway with a nifty wrister to even the score eight seconds shy of the second intermission.
A power-play goal by Corey Perry put the Ducks back in front less than two minutes into the final period but Shane Doan knotted things again 11 seconds later. Then Bobby Ryan and the Coyotes' Michael Stone scored 1 minute 18 seconds apart midway through the period to send the game to overtime.
"Every time we came out and did something in a positive way, we tended to take a step back," said Getzlaf, who had a goal and two assists and was the only Duck to beat Smith in the shootout. "Every time we scored, they came back with a great shift or a goal. That's tough to defend."
The same two teams will meet again Wednesday in Anaheim before the Ducks resume the non-Coyotes portion of their schedule.