Who Says Third Time’s The Charm? Phoenix Coyotes Win 4 In A Row!
Oh winning streak..oh winning streak..thy energy is amazing! Please read that to the tune of “O Christmas Tree”…
The Black Friday game against the Dallas Stars started them on their tear and credit goes out to Lauri Korpikoski for 2 goals and Scottie Upshall and Matt Lombardi for their 3 assists apiece. Also, in good form with a goal apiece were Zybnek Michalek, Adrian Aucoin and Robert Lang. Final 5-2.
Next we did a little duck hunting when Anaheim came to town with our fearless leader Captain Doan giving us the OT win. Jimmy Vandermeer also scored one further making up his embarrassing penalty party against Tampa Bay a month ago. Matt Lombardi was also on the board with one. Final 3-2 in OT
Then we went on to host 2 of our Canadian friends, the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators. Now both of these games were radio only. And I have to, once again, rant about my dislike for radio only. I find hockey to be a treat for all 4 senses…1) sight..of course the ability to watch the grace, the power and the fluidity of the game 2) smell..beer mixed with hot dogs mixed with testoterone AHHHHH 3) taste..see #2 for hot dogs and beer 4) touch..umm I don’t do that one anymore because of the restraining order..ahem.
But I digress..the games against the boys from the Great White North turned out very well. A tied game against Calgary could have gone into OT without the awesome goal scored by Taylor Pyatt very late in the 3rd period. Petr Prucha scored the 1st goal of that game. Final 2-1
And the boys lost a little steam in the game against the Ottawa Senators later in the 3rd period otherwise it was really looking like it could have been a shut out. Taylor Pyatt, Petr Prucha and Ed Jovonovski all scored leading to a win despite allowing 2 Sen goals in. Final 3-2
So what are the keys to all these wins? I like to think that my mere presence at the Black Friday game started their wonderful tear but…I think we need to go back to the genuine teamwork that is going on. These guys are genuinely pulling together to make it happen. You can tell from the post game interviews where the talk is all about the “pack” mentality, coming together with no one person making all the difference. Guys like Scottie Upshall, Matt Lombardi and Taylor Pyatt all making great offensive moves and Ilya Bryzgalov incredible in net. With his 9th straight start he staved off 26 shots in the Ottawa game. He’s been solid all season and the last 4 games have been no exception. Even with injuries hurting their game most of November they have bounced back with force and a very nice start to December.
All I want for Christmas is more of the same.