Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 5/18/12

COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 18: Adrian Aucoin #33 of the Calgary Flames celebrates a first period goal with Kristian Huselius #20, Jarome Iginla #12 and Daymond Langkow #22 during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on December 18, 2007 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo By Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES -- Early in the second period Thursday in Game 3 at Staples Center, Daymond Langkow gave the Phoenix Coyotes their only lead of the Western Conference final on a long pass from defenseman Keith Yandle. It was a nice payoff for a guy whos quietly been one of the teams best postseason performers. On the other end of that goal was defenseman Derek Morris, who made a safe pass to Yandle across the ice to set up that momentary ray of hope for Phoenix in an otherwise dismal series. We know what you're thinking: So what? The Coyotes still lost. They still trail 3-0, with a possible season-ending game coming Sunday. Thats all true, but an off day in Los Angeles afforded a moment to reflect on the myriad off-ice issues athletes deal with that get glossed over in a city and fan bases hunger for wins. Six months ago, Langkow, 35, was trying to hold a family together. His mother, Vivian, had passed away suddenly at the age of 54, and his dad, Randy, was so grief-stricken that D...
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