Found February 22, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
GLENDALE, Ariz. As reporters headed to the Phoenix locker room on Tuesday night, a distinct smell of smoke filled the air. It wasn't the building. It must have been the home team. How do you settle on the Coyotes' most impressive feat since the All-Star break? Is it the 8-0-1 February streak that has rallied the team from 12th in the Western Conference standings to a tie with San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division? Is it goalie Mike Smith's consistency, which gives his team a chance to win almost every night? Is it Radim Vrbata's repeated ability to score huge goals and highlight-reel goals like the game-tying tally on Tuesday? Or was it the Coyotes' 5-4, come-from-behind, shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday the kind of win that can have long-term psychological impact on the winner and the loser. "You hope it does because it continues to build the belief system," said coach Dave Tippett of his team's first victory this season when trailing by three goals. "You can win when things are going well and you can win when there is some adversity in front of you." There were so many contributions to this comeback that a few warrant mention. First, it was apparent, once again, how valuable center Martin Hanzal is to the cause. He tied a career-high with three assists and he impacted the game in a dozen different ways, even if his inability to finish is still gnawing at him. "Especially when you play with Vrby and (Ray Whitney)," he said. "Almost every game they have points. It's nice when you have some points." Second was captain Shane Doan's superlative effort. He had two goals, but he also won a lot of battles along the boards, in open ice and made some key defensive plays to break up what looked like odd-man, Los Angeles rushes. Third was the overall effort of the much-maligned power play, which produced three goals on seven attempts, tying a season high set in the season opener. Except for one man-advantage, the Coyotes' puck movement was crisp, there was traffic in front of the net, and pucks made their way to Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. Finally, and in line with that power play, goes the effort of Gilbert Brul, who drew a trio of L.A. penalties, two with his speed and one with his head when Kings forward Kyle Clifford delivered an elbow to Brul's jaw that earned him a match penalty. Clifford is suspended for an illegal check to the head until league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan reviews the play. "It's a poster child for a hit to the head," Tippett said. The early reports on Brul don't look promising. The Coyotes will know more on Wednesday, but it appears Brul suffered his second concussion in the past three years and could miss some time, further adding to the team's injury woes. "I talked to him just for a second and he didn't seem like he was in very good shape," Tippett said. That would be a shame for a team that has put itself in good shape as it heads to Alberta for a two-game trip against Calgary and Edmonton, punctuated by what could be a defining win. "When they got that three-goal lead, maybe they thought the game was over but we never gave up and we got that extra point which could be huge," Vrbata said. "It might be something that will make a difference in the end."

Sale to keep Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona almost finalized

The National Hockey League is close to finalizing a sale of the Phoenix Coyotes franchise to a group led by former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison, according to Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal.The NHL is trying to keep the sale price at $170 million, but are willing to include rebates and a fund to help cover the team's financial losses and keep the team playing...

Another fun February for Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Phoenix Coyotes labored through the first half of the season, slogging through a rash of injuries, a brutal schedule and inconsistency. Once the calendar flipped to February, the Coyotes pulled together, got back to their defense-minded approach and shot up the standings. At this point, it shouldn't be much of a surprise. In both of the previous...

Should we be surprised by the Phoenix Coyotes this season?

The Phoenix Coyotes aren’t suppose to be in the hunt for a playoff spot. In fact, they’re suppose to be 14th or 15th in the Western Conference, and not seventh. Dave Tippett, shown in this file photo earlier this season, is keeping his squad in the hunt for another playoffs spot. How has a franchise without an owner propelled against unsustainable odds? The answer...

Coyotes obtain Vermette from Jackets

The Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday acquired center Antoine Vermette from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a pair of draft picks and goaltender Curtis McElhinney.

Kings prove no lead is safe in 5-4 shootout loss to Coyotes

The Kings blow 3-0 and 4-2 advantages and lose for the fifth time in six games. Phoenix scores three power-play goals.Reporting from Glendale, Ariz. — The injustice of it all stood out for the Kings after a 5-4 shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes in which they squandered leads of 3-0 and 4-2 and went winless for the fifth time in six games.

Phoenix Coyotes' AHL call-ups bolster lineup

Notes: Injuries have sent the Coyotes' revolving door back into high gear recently, and they recalled two more players Tuesday.

NHL says sale of Phoenix Coyotes not imminent

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says there's no clear end in sight. "Everything remains the same on the potential ownership front."

Jackets deal Vermette to Coyotes for McElhinney

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded center Antoine Vermette to the Phoenix Coyotes for two draft picks and goaltender Curtis McElhinney.

TRH Gameday 60/61 - Phoenix Coyotes & Colorado Avalanche: Hipstamatic

TUESDAY Game #60 LA KINGS27-21-1165 pts, 9th in Western ConferencevsPHOENIX COYOTES29-21-963 pts, 7th in Western Conference Kings Lead Season Series  (3-2) 7:00pm, ArenaPhoenix, AZ BEST PLAYER TO WEAR BOTH COLORS: BEST OPPOSITION BLOG:Five For HowlingHipchecksYotesgurl WEDNESDAY Game #61 LA KINGS27-21-1165 pts, 9th in Western ConferencevsCOLORADO AVALANCHE29...

Coyotes rally from 3 down to beat Kings in SO

Radim Vrbata scored his second goal late in regulation and the Coyotes rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Kings 5-4 in a shootout Tuesday night.

Coyotes rally from three down, beat Kings in SO

Radim Vrbata scored his second goal late in regulation and the Phoenix Coyotes rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 in a shootout Tuesday night.

Recap: Phoenix vs. Los Angeles

Mikkel Boedker scored the winner in the final round of the shootout as the Phoenix Coyotes took a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Coyotes rally from three goal deficit to top Kings

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Radim Vrbata scored his second goal late in regulation and the Phoenix Coyotes rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 in a shootout Tuesday night.
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.