Well that was a welcome change to see goals early and often. Playing on back to back nights the traveling Desert Dawgs got tired in the 3rd period and scored no goals. Lucky for Phoenix they scored 7 goals in the first 2 periods.
It came after losing 7 straight but the dry spell is over for the weary Coyotes who are in must wins throughout the season. If there is any hope for the post season it will take many more nights like this. Jason LaBarbera was not great but good enough to get the win stopping 34 shots while yielding 4. Really the entire game was decided in the first period with goals by Hanzal, Moss, Lombardi, Yandle, and a pair from Vrbata. 6 to 3 Coyotes after one and each team added a goal each from there on. Phoenix will travel to San Jose for a chance at 5 of the possible 6 points on this trip. If they can beat San Jose in regulation then hopes in the desert will burn on.
Six different goal scorers and most of the games scoring in the first 7 minutes. Steve Sullivan playing in his 1000th game against his old team from Nashville. Rusty Klesla had 4 assists as well to pace Phoenix which is a franchise record for assists in a single game.
If I were to look ahead at the season remaining I would say we need another 20 points going forward. After a day off a win in San Jose is imperative if there is any slim hope of playing in May. After the Sharks it is a home trio against the Kings, Avs, and Red Wings.
Nice taste of home cookin’ and points in a hurry is what the doctor is ordering.
On a side note ownership talk is back on the table and Mayor Weiers said he was contacted by Gary Bettman about an upcoming group of investors who will be making a run at purchasing the Coyotes. Fingers crossed.