On a night dedicated to a legend, the Phoenix Coyotes put on a show, shutting out the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 to win their fifth straight game.
Before the game started, former Coyotes captain Jeremy Roenick was inducted into the Coyotes Ring of Honor. Roenick took to ice in front of his two former teams and 17,353 in attedance at Jobing.com Arena. The outspoken and flamboyant star played 19 season in the NHL, including seven in the desert.
“I had six really good years here,” Roenick said, referring to his first stint with the Coyotes. “This being my home, it really means a lot, means more. To go up with the guys who are up here, it's pretty good, pretty special to me.”
JR is one of only five US born players to score more than 500 goals.
After the ceremony, the Coyotes went to work. Radim Vrbata netted his 26th goal of the season and Mike Smith made 38 saves to pick up his third shutout of the year. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks lost their eighth straight, falling to sixth place in the Western Conference. The Coyotes now hold a two point lead over Dallas and Calgary for the eighth and final playoff spot.
The Desert Dogs hit the road for a mini two-game trip starting in Vancouver on Monday.