Teammates watch as medical staffer attend to Arizona Coyotes center Alexander Burmistrov (91) following a hit by Boston Bruins defenseman Colin Miller during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Arizona Coyotes Beat Up By Boston Bruins, 4-1

Published On March 1, 2017 | By Jason Harrison | Gameday

The Arizona Coyotes traveled to Boston ahead of the trade deadline looking for points. Instead they got a taste of Bruins hockey and a scathing take from Dave Tippett on their effort post game.

The Arizona Coyotes were going through the motions Tuesday night in Boston.

Unfortunately for them, the Boston Bruins came ready to play and rolled them over pretty quickly in the second period.

Brad Marchand did Marchand things. Tuukka Rask stood tall. The Coyotes turned the puck over every other time they entered the neutral zone, and the Bruins made them pay repeatedly for their mistakes.

Collin Miller was a central figure in the proceedings.

He scored the Bruins first goal just a shade over three minutes into the first period, and in the second period he laid a devastating hit on Alexander Burmistrov which saw the forward remain down on the ice for several minutes. Burmistrov was eventually stretchered off, but did give a thumbs up to the crowd as he was wheeled off the ice.

One of the more inexplicable lineup decisions from Tuesday night was Peter Holland centering the top line after being repeatedly healthy scratched in recent weeks.

As if on cue, he was gifted a gaping net to score a wraparound goal after the puck was fumbled through the offensive zone.

From there on out, things got ugly. After the Burmistrov hit the Yotes fell apart.

Mike Smith wasn’t great. The defense was more porous than usual. Louis Domingue replaced Smith in the third period and shut the Bruins out the rest of the way, but it was too late.

Bruins win, 4-1.

Arizona Coyotes Player of the Game

It’s really hard to find a bright spot with players like Peter Holland getting more than four minutes of power play time.

The effort and heart wasn’t there, like Dave Tippett said in his post game comments. No one deserved any accolades for that debacle.

The View From The 200 Level

One has to wonder if this isn’t how things are going to go for the rest of the Coyotes’ season.

When you have the likes of Peter Holland or Alexander Burmistrov as your top line centerman, or at worst, as a second line center, things can get out of hand quickly.

With Vrbata likely heading toward the exit as well, Max Domi and Oliver Ekman-Larsson will be left to carry the entire team. That’s not a great position to be in.

It’s the one the organization has to live with, however, as they continue to accrue assets for the future.

Times are mighty lean in the desert right now. Next season (and Clayton Keller) can’t get here soon enough.