The Phoenix Coyotes are saying all the right things to promote their underdog status in this three-fer.
“They’ve played very well this year and they’re at the top of our division and we’re trying to scratch and claw and get up there,” Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said.
Steve Sullivan who scored the tying goal to send the game to OT and the winner in the SO noted, “They’re not going to be in a back-to-back the next couple of days, so we wanted to make sure we got some points.”

Phoenix accomplished what it needed to do in Game 1. They took two points from a team fatigued.

Dating back to February 9, our Ducks are 6-0-0 when playing after a day of rest.

This tilt sets up as statement game for Ducks and something of a Cinderella moment for the Coyotes. The mood in the Anaheim dressing room following Saturday’s game was definitely that we had let a point slip away. That’s not a good feeling for a team to have though it can be a good motivator.

In the first game the Ref’s left their whistles in their pockets. Look for Phoenix to test that early as they execute some extra-curricular activity upon our guys.  This one should be a bit rougher because second games of back to backs usually are more physical. Secondly, the ‘Yotes know they don’t match-up against this year’s Ducks. They will have to test our Ducks mettle. Attempt to get our guys off their game.

In every game I ever played you could always count on the opposition would usually get chippy at certain points in the game. Sometimes that was their game. They were just a chippy team. Others were better organized and executed chippy and cheap tactically and strategically. These Coyotes are the latter. Among my standard comebacks to trash talk and invitations to dance was to glance up at the scoreboard and smile. While it does happen, there’s just no good reason to let your emotions get the best of you during a game.

In a nutshell our Ducks should be all about business tonight. Establish our game in all three zones and take the play to them.

Notes: Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata are listed as IR at the time of this is published. Kyle Palmieri is doubtful to go for our Ducks. Some outlets are reporting differently, look for Jonas Hiller to get the start tonight.


  1. czhokej says:

    It looks like these days more games are won because of hard work, speed and aggressiveness, than based on skills or a system. I just hope that we will be able to outwork the Yotes tonight.

  2. czhokej says:

    Interesting article by Steve Palumbo: “Why Corey? Why?“, about a possible trade. (HockeyBuzz).

    • bc says:

      What is a recent Hart & Richard, Stanley Cup and Gold Medal winner worth these days, cz? Not even the $98m Zach Parise has such an impressive resume.

      What isn’t being talked about is the pressure, some would say duty, Perry has to the NHLPA. He is the big dog who will drive salaries higher, even in a declining cap market.

      Getzlaf won’t get that kind of money or power. Maybe that’s the price of using his talent in more of a supporting than finishing role.

      Another part of this is the building a line around Bobby Ryan hasn’t quite worked out, at least not yet anyway. We could trade Ryan and give some of that money to Getz and Pears as well. Teemu and Saku are likely to be accommodating if they return next season. Lydman isn’t likely to be back and that makes another $3m available. The notion that we can’t afford both Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry is fantasy.

      My hunch is that there is much to be determined and secondary moves that can be made before we get to trading Corey Perry. In the meantime, hockey fans will eat up the gossip and unfounded speculation.

      Recent history does suggest that we will keep Pears through the season and playoffs. Anything is possible of course. Common sense and the NHL is an oxymoron. Still, our Ducks have the appearance of a Stanley Cup contender. I don’t believe that we will breakup the team core at the deadline when a shot at 16 home playoff games is at stake.

      Then again we’re talking about a group of people who called timeout because they couldn’t quite figure out how to allocate record revenue. To paraphrase H.L. Mencken, ‘You’ll never go broke underestimating the stupidity of the NHL.’ Yup, they really are that stupid.

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