GLENDALE, Ariz. Jason LaBarbera was gushing with a long-forgotten feeling Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings.
Its gratifying to get that feeling again, said LaBarbera, who stopped 39 shots in a 3-1 win at Jobing.com Arena. Its been a while since Ive had that.
In a condensed season where numerous Western Conference teams have employed a two-goalie approach to keep things fresh, LaBarbera has been a mainstay at the end of the Coyotes bench, waiting and wondering when his next chance would come.
Following a three-game stretch early in the season where he replaced an injured Mike Smith and went 1-2 while allowing nine goals on 87 shots, LaBarbera made just one start over the next 26 games.
Was it the right move?
On the one hand, LaBarberas shaky play early this season may have felt like a carryover from last seasons so-so performance, understandably shaking the coaching staffs confidence in him.
Coyotes goalie coach Sean Burke and coach Dave Tippett have stood fa...