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Phoenix Coyotes: “Pack” Mentality Gives St. Louis the Blues

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Now before the naysayers start in, yes the attendance was lousy for Thursday night’s Coyotes game against the Blues. Yes, it was only around 5000 as opposed to the 17,000+ sell out crowd on WhiteOut night. There was one difference about Thursday though…the Coyotes did win. Despite the poor showing of fans (and yes I am pointing fingers) the boys, after a rough 2 periods, came through with a win.

The rough periods had a lot to do with some shoddy passing and sloppy puckhandling. Not helping was a completely ridiculous goal by the Blues’ Paul Kariya. After his teamate B.J. Crombeen was cross checked into the net, he found it necessary to just take up residence behind Bryzgalov just long enough to distract him and allow Kariya’s goal. No whistle, no penalty, just a goal that should have been waved off. The Coyotes’ frenzied mindset seemed to be a distraction for them as well. Slow down guys..and your game will come. And come it did, with the more deliberate play of the 3rd period and a tied score of 2-2. With less than 2 minutes in the OT, the winning puck flys off Jovo’s stick into the net. While the play is reviewed (an unneccessarily long review in my opinion) myself and the few thousand still left in attendance, amused ourselves with chants of “GOAL, GOAL, GOAL” I like to think it worked because the goal came back good and the Yotes win 3-2.

Wishes granted? Power play scoring (FINALLY!), Captain Doan netting one (he was scoreless until tonight), and a home win (to help overcome the major disappointment of the home opener)

Could be the new coach, Dave Tippett, or the overwhelming desire to silence the doubters but the Phoenix Coyotes are showing a strength we just really haven’t seen.

In his post game, on-ice interview with Todd Walsh, Ed Jovonoski talked about the “pack” mentality of the team and how they have committed to standing up for one another and playing as a cohesive unit. Could it be the Yotes have finally found their recipe for success? Only time will tell..

Next up: home game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, October 17th.

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2 comments for “Phoenix Coyotes: “Pack” Mentality Gives St. Louis the Blues”

  1. OMG! I had heard that you guys draw around 6,000 a game but I didn’t believe it! I’m spoiled, the Sharks almost always sell out their building. With only 6K per game, how much are tickets against the glass?

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | October 16, 2009, 10:17 pm
  2. Yes you are spoiled and should feel very grateful.. :) The organization is doing so different promotions to up the attendance so I’m hoping for a change here soon. At last check, glass seats were still $200-$300 a pop (I don’t get to do that often!)

    Posted by PuckGalNo Gravatar | October 17, 2009, 9:26 pm

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