The night was April 4, a game against the Detroit Red Wings awaited the Phoenix Coyotes at 7 p.m. But earlier in the day, the flu bug swept through the Coyotes' locker room, striking Jason LaBarbera first. With 37 days remaining until the preseason opener, we take a look back at the 37th game of last season, a win despite illness.
Phoenix entered April in desperate need for wins as their playoff hopes were dwindling. The Red Wings came to town, the Yotes were without their top two goalies and were rotating only five defensemen, but a win was essential nevertheless.
The game itself was one of the better games the Coyotes played last season. Despite an early deficit the Coyotes were able to claw back in the second period with a goal from Michael Stone, a goal from Chris Conner (playing in his first game as a Coyote) and ultimately the game winning goal from Captain Coyote himself Shane Doan.
Late in the third period, Detroit managed to pull within one goal after scoring on a 6-on-4 empty net power play, but a clearing of the puck into Detroit's empty net by Martin Hanzal provided the insurance that the Coyotes needed and sealed Chad Johnson's second win as a Coyote.
Head Coach Dave Tippett called it, "one of the more amazing wins...I've been around," adding, ""That's the first game I think I ever coached with two buckets beside me."
Despite the fact that the Coyotes were sick as dogs (pun intended) this would be the only win against the Detroit Red Wings of the season. Even with a good chunk of the lineup sick, the Yotes managed to pull together a win against a hated rival.
By: Jaime Eisner and Carl Pavlock