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Coyotes Bissonnette vs Flyers Carcillo…The Fight That Never Was

Phoenix CoyotesWhen the Coyotes released their 2009-2010 schedule I was giddy with excitement at the November 21st match up against the Flyers. Not only would it be my first opportunity to see Philadelphia in action live but it meant that the prodigal son would be returning…Daniel Carcillo. In his first season with the Coyotes, Danny led the league in penalty minutes and could be relied on for some memorable moments. Who could forget the one punch that dropped Dallas Star Barch? Or the suspension he received for delivering a blow to the head of an unsuspecting opponent from the bench? Good times..

Being a fan of Danny (despite his rather “goon” like behavior) I expected some fireworks, perhaps with our newest and most eager of enforcers..Paul Bissonnette (aka Biz Nasty) I was just itching to see the two of them go at it. Throughout the game I could see Danny baiting some of our guys..he seemed particularly interested in defenseman Heshka who was up from the AHL for the ailing Ed Jovonovski and Zybnek Michalek. Heshka, though didn’t seem too interested and Carcillo turned his attention a few times to Peter Mueller. Mueller avoided the situation and rightly so. He never would have walked away from that..sorry Peter but it’s true. At one point I saw Bissonnette and Carcillo trade words but much to my dismay, nothing ever materialized. I suppose with the relatively tight game and the need for a win we couldn’t afford any frivolous penalty minutes..sigh.

And the clean playing worked because we ended up with a nice 3-1 win that included a very interesting penalty shot situation I had never encountered. With the Flyer’s empty net, a penalty shot was called. I didn’t know this before but if it is called when there is an open net, the team gets the goal. SCORE! I like that little loophole.

Good clean play (darn it) and even some decent fan attendance of about 11,000 made it a successful night even though I didn’t get my blood.

Ah well, a girl can dream…

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