April 11th, 2013, 11:50 PM #1
Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith may need to repeat last season's heroics to salvage
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.