The Coyotes played Tuesday's game at Dallas, a 3-2 loss in overtime, without defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who left the team for the rest of the season on Monday because of the death of his mother.
"When she passed away a few weeks ago, it was a struggle for him," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "I give him a ton of credit. He was a true professional trying to get through it. But now, this week is the funeral, so he left to go home (to Sweden)."
Ekman-Larsson's mother, Annika, battled cancer for some time, but Tippett said she and Ekman-Larsson's father encouraged their son to stay with the team and keep playing. He skated in all 79 games the Coyotes played before Tuesday.
"He was playing with a heavy heart," Tippett said.