PHOENIX - You have to go back two coaches, three general managers and one team captain to find the last time the Maple Leafs won five straight games.
While the video of that quintet won’t be stamped “send to Hall of Fame,” the Leafs will not argue the results, the way this month had started to unravel.
With a 4-2 win over the Coyotes, their first in four tries at Jobing.com Arena, the Leafs are at five straight for the first time under Randy Carlyle. Paul Maurice’s first luckless Leafs’ team of 2006-07 were the most recent to do it in a year they missed the playoffs on the last day of the season.
But Toronto’s efforts of late, which included a big win over Montreal on Saturday, have helped them stay above water in the Eastern Conference while opening four on the road against the West on the right note. Having practised and travelled cross-continent on Sunday and then playing at 6 p.m. local time, a choppy effort might have been expected under the circumstances. But the Leafs carried a shutout into the third period for just the second time in 13 road games, finally giving up a power-play goal to Mike Ribeiro as the shot clock reached 30 on Jonathan Bernier, headed to 41.