GLENDALE, Ariz. -- We're not in February any more, Toto. The Coyotes are suddenly mortal.
You knew this loss was coming. Phoenix had overcome great deficits, great goaltending, great teams and just about every other obstacle you could throw its way during February's remarkable 11-0-1 streak.
On Thursday, the Coyotes couldn't overcome an abysmal first period in a 4-2 loss to the desperate Calgary Flames at Jobing.com Arena.
"We've been coming from behind too many times," said captain Shane Doan, whose club fell in a 3-0 hole. "Do that too much, you're going to get burned. That first period was about as bad as we've been in a while."
That's what happens when you handle the puck like a hand grenade.
Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson made a poor clearing attempt that Jarome Iginla intercepted on Mike Cammalleri's goal for a 1-0 lead. Goalie Mike Smith got beaten from an impossible angle on Curtis Glencross' goal that recalled Patrick Kane's Stanley Cup winning tally two years ago...