Shane Doan was wreaking all sorts of havoc last night, first by taking Cam Fowler out of the game not too long after the Ducks' rookie defenseman opened the scoring with his first goal in the NHL.
Second, for this:
For his part, Fowler was injured and did not return. Sexton, meanwhile, was able to.
The NHL handed down a three-game suspension to Doan for his hit on Sexton today, prompting many followers to take notice of a change in the NHL's train of thought behind these sorts of blindside incidents: suspend the action, not the result, nor the "type" of player. There is still lots to be desired in the way of consistency, however. Will we see more acts like this being puni...
Both the Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes came away from their Premiere experience with a 1-1-0 record, with Phoenix using aggressive forechecking to wear away at their opponents to come out on top of a 5-2 score on Saturday and being unable to duplicate the result--or mustering any offense at all--on Sunday in a 3-0 loss.
Photo credit: B. Babineau/bruins.nhl.com
It was to be expected that the Bruins would make changes following Saturday afternoon's result. Where they had been lacking in puck control and flawless defensive play, they more than made up for that on Sunday, as they made notable switch-a-roos in their starting roster and bolstered their experienced playmakers with the ...
It's inching closer and closer to Premiere time. The Phoenix Coyotes have packed everyone (literally everyone. Eight defensemen plus third-string goaltender Al Montoya have been included on a "just in case" basis) into a plane, and in less than a week's time they will face off against the Boston Bruins at Prague's O2 Arena to start the season.
Let's have a look at those names:
Biz--err, Paul Bissonnette
Offensive Verdict: #TeamTurris won over #KyleWellwoodIsSoFat supporters and not for nothing....
Last night, the preseason got underway for the Coyotes at Anaheim's Honda Center.
After a relatively quiet first period where they spent most of their time shorthanded, Phoenix got themselves on the board four times in the second period to lead them to a 4-1 victory over the Ducks.
Kyle Turris came out in a big way by opening the score on the powerplay and adding a helper on Viktor Tikhonov's goal just before the end of the period. He is in a battle for the much-coveted position at centre that eluded him last year and that he doesn't intend to let slip away again.
Turris' linemate Scottie Upshall saw his first action since January, notably collecting as many hits as shots on goal (...
In late Monday news, the Coyotes and forward Lee Stempniak have reached a deal reportedly worth $3.8 million over the next two years, officialized today by the club. The twenty-seven year old forward racked up 14 goals and four assists after being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2010 NHL trade deadline.
He was less fortunate in the playoff points department (two assists in seven games) which is surely something he's going to be counted on to improve if Phoenix wants to go above and beyond last season. Having lost a few key acquisitions, notably Matthew Lombardi on offense, Stempniak is expected to be one of the core elements in the Coyotes' goal-production this year.
I have news for the 12 teams that went to the podium at the Staples Center first last night.
(Save maybe the first two.)
Sucks to be you.
But never mind where Brandon Gormley was supposed to go (and I don't mean Calgary, but I'll take a bittersweet bite out of them too, thanks Darryl). He received ample praise from E.J. McGuire that may have lifted much weight out of the Wait, so to speak, in that Gormley was compared to Olympian Shea Weber.
He has also drawn a few similarities from another Moncton defenseman, now teammate, Keith Yandle. While each former #3 Wildcat rocked their own blueline in their respective eras of the QMJHL, Yandle is more offensive-minded whereas Gormley ...
Dear Mr. Bettman,
I’m going to be blunt with you Gary; I’m not going to sugar-coat anything. Look around you, Gary. You’ve got ownership problems with a number of franchises. Every time you seem to get one squared away, like Tampa, another one or two crop up (Los Angeles and Phoenix for example). It’s time to make some hard choices my friend.
No one wants to admit they’ve made a mistake. But if you haven’t already noticed, most of the franchises that are experiencing ownership problems and/or financial issues are in the Sun Belt; where you so bravely expanded the NHL to in the ‘90’s. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have done that but maybe you went a little too far wit...
There is so much to celebrate in the season that concluded last night. But with a final score of 6-1, that may not be so visible right away.
Example: most teams down by that many would just let go and skate out the final minutes, disgraced by the insurmountable embarrassment. Not the Phoenix Coyotes, who pushed towards the opposing zone and continually away from their own, not wanting Ilya Bryzgalov to have to suffer any more than he already had up until that point. There was the same frenetic pace in their movements as there had been all game long, despite knowing their initial mission had failed.
The game itself was about the constant battle of momentum, played out for the most pa...
There will be a Game 7 in Arizona on Tuesday.
The Phoenix Coyotes pulled out the big guns with their backs against the wall. Aggressive, no-quit control on the puck. Hitting even the hardest of hitters on the Detroit side. Defensemen pinching up on each attack. Presence in front of the net. And lo and behold...
A FUNCTIONAL POWER PLAY?
Say it ain't so. A passing grade: 3/5, heavy upgrade over the previous score (which frankly is too depressing to even try to look up, but you can bet there are many appearances by the number zero). Why it took this long to get a bona fide solution, who also goes by the name Mathieu Schneider, for the man-advantage we'll never know. But it w...