Coyotes goalie Mike Smith's current grim reality is familiar to goaltending coach Sean Burke, who spun his own long playoff odds into surprising success a quarter-century ago. As a rookie with the New Jersey Devils in 1987-88, Burke corralled seven consecutive wins in the team's final eight games -- including an overtime victory on the last day of the regular season -- to send the Devils into the playoffs for the first time. Their season ended in Game 7 of the conference finals.

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