Phoenix has surprisingly turned it around their last few games, coming into Monday night's match on a five-game win streak. A lot of that has had to do with their goaltending coming back to life -- mainly with Mike Smith finding his stride in net again, and being dubbed the NHL's first star of the week. However, Smith had the night off, as Jason LaBarbera took on the Canucks and picked up where he left off, making 21 saves and holding Vancouver scoreless on the power play. His only blemish: a David Booth goal in the second period.
Still, the Coyotes continued to battle all game, and with 2:06 left in regulation, Keith Yandle was able to knot the score and send the 1-1 game to overtime. Despite the strong effort by LaBarbera in the shootout to hold the Canucks back, the comeback effort was spoiled, as Ryan Kesler solved the Phoenix backup and won the game, 2-1.
Interesting that a close, entertaining game between the Coyotes and Canucks comes as talks about Phoenix moving to Seattle surface...
The Canucks are 89-0-3 in their last 92 games when leading after 2 periods. But with their propensity to allow things to 'get interesting' late in games, that spectacular record is at risk if the trend continues.
The Coyotes are now 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, and can take home the valiant effort and OT point against Vancouver on the road as a small victory, as they are now only two points back of the only team ahead of them, division opponent, the L.A. Kings. This all comes just in time for Thursday, where they play against... the L.A. Kings.