GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes' owner dropped by to see his team open the playoffs Wednesday night although as NHL Commissioner
Bettman said he was not here to talk about the business of a franchise that, for the moment, remains a ward of his state, although the endgame apparently is drawing to a close. (On Tuesday, the Glendale city council agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with potential owner
Bless these Coyotes. They should be ticketed for loitering because all they seem to do is hang around. Goalie
Ultimately the surprise was not the final score. (Phoenix went 29-6-7 in one-goal games during the season and overall finished with five more points than Detroit.) The surprise was how the Coyotes got the win, practically acing their power play. Three-for-four. (The lone futile one was cut short by a
As Morris noted, the credit should go to the Coyotes centers, who were winning the key draws and pulling the puck back to the points. Indeed, all of the pucks that went from low-to-high during the power plays seemed to lay flat for the defensemen, giving them more time to either pull the trigger on a shot or make a pass like Yandle's. And while he didn't manage a point, Doan, the one Coyote player who started with the Jets in Winnipeg, was a human eclipse in front of Howard, who was starting his first NHL playoff game.
"Our job is to take advantage when the opportunity arises and we had a nice clear lane down to the net," said Morris, who had a hand in all three goals. "(Doan) was doing such a nice job in front - some good screens -- that we could see the goalie leaning either way. You just want to get it down there and let Doan do the rest."
On a glorious spring night, at last you could discuss a power play in Glendale that had nothing to do with Jerry Reinsdorf.