Down to their third string goalie, the Coyotes went to Toronto to play the Maple Leafs and came close to winning.
On the positive side of things, the Coyotes were on the road, having played the night before, and they picked up a point.
Can't be too upset about that.
The Leafs - if healthy- have the NHL's best roster, but the Coyotes were lucky to catch them without Morgan Rielly and Freddie Andersen.
For the Coyotes, having got OEL back the night before, they dressed a mostly healthy lineup, but were of course without Darcy Kuemper.
To be honest, this was one of those games that makes you realize how long the season is. The Coyotes and Leafs don't have any kind of rivalry, and they played a mostly boring game where the only exciting thing to happen was the waived off goal in OT.
The Coyotes tried to celebrate but it was clear from the outset that goal was never going to count, as Leafs goalie Jack (hahaha he has the same name as soup! That doesn't get annoying as hell) Campbell was clearly inside the blue paint, and Stepen intentionally bumped him right as the goal was scored.
The unearned celebration was embarrassing, but not as embarrassing as when I paid out my friend Johnny for getting third place in our poker tournament, then had to ask for the money back because he actually got fourth.
(Note: these two instances happened about five minutes apart).
As anyone could have predicted, the Leafs immediately scored to win the game.
The Coyotes are now on a terrible 3-11 run.
If it makes it any better, you can call it 3-7-4 but that's like putting sick orange make-up on a pasty faced fatso.
As in, it's still a grotesque, disgusting record, of which the very sight of makes you throw up in your mouth a little bit.
You would think that loss after loss would make the coach re-think his line combos, but no keep playing Taylor Hall with two third liners and never combine him with the other two guys on the roster who are actually his peers.
It's starting to look like maybe relying heavily on 93% goaltending was never the best strategy.