Rick Tocchet has a story about his goaltender.
It was Feb. 15, 2018, and the Arizona Coyotes were well on their way to missing the playoffs for yet another season, another year in the desert many would forget. But on this night…a spark. Tocchet, the hardnosed 18-year NHL veteran who had returned behind the bench as a head coach for the first time since 2010, was under some duress. Arizona had opened a 3-0 lead over Montreal at home, but in the third period his team was coming undone.
Less than eight minutes into the frame, the Habs made it 3-2. It looked like another win was slipping away. According to the site morehockeystats.com, the Coyotes lost a league-worst 27 games last year that they had been leading.
Tocchet called a timeout. The team skated over to the bench. Suddenly there it...
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