The Coyotes needed a shot in the arm. Daymond Langkow needed a sense of normalcy.
Player and team helped each other Saturday night as Langkow notched two assists in his first game back since his mother passed away on Nov. 8 and the Coyotes bounced back from a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks on Friday with a shutout of their own, 3-0 over Dallas on Saturday.
Langkow's mother, Vivian, died in Phoenix at the age of 54, and the last three weeks have been about shock, sorrow and healing for her oldest son. He flew back to Edmonton for the funeral, consoled the family and thought about playing his first hockey game without his mom watching.
"I didn't know what to expect. I just tried to prepare myself as best I could and it felt good," Langkow said. "I'm starting to feel better. Unfortunately, it's part of life but you have to battle through it and I think the best way to do that is to get back with your regular routine. It definitely f...