The Phoenix Coyotes won nearly every game in February, including some recent comebacks from poor first periods. That formula dried up in their first game in March.
The Coyotes look to bounce back from their first regulation defeat in more than a month when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
Phoenix (33-22-9) went 11-0-1 in February to seize the Pacific Division lead, rallying from first-period deficits in winning three of its final four contests to close the month. The Coyotes, though, fell behind by three goals after 20 minutes Thursday night and saw their comeback fall short in a 4-2 loss to visiting Calgary.
"We've come from behind too many times this season, and when that happens, you tend to get burned,'' captain Shane Doan said.
The Coyotes have a two-point lead in the division race, but know they also have little margin of error to ensure a playoff berth in the tight Western Conference.
Phoenix has three meetings left with league-worst Columbus (19-38...