GLENDALE, Ariz. Even in a leap year, February is the shortest month. That's a shame for the Phoenix Coyotes because they absolutely owned these 29 days.
Mikkel Boedker's warp-speed, shootout goal lifted Phoenix to a playoff-feel, 2-1 win over the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday at Jobing.com Arena, helping the Coyotes finish off an 11-0-1 month in which they earned all but one of a possible 24 points.
In so doing, the Coyotes have vaulted from 12th place in the Western Conference standings to the Pacific Division lead and the corresponding No. 3 seed for the playoffs.
"That was a heck of a month by any team's standards," said forward Ray Whitney, who had a goal in regulation and another in the shootout. "We realize that if we work hard we can compete with the big boys."
The biggest of those boys were in town Tuesday. Vancouver had earned seven of 10 possible points on this six-game road trip before Tuesday's game, and the Canucks were the team responsibl...