Thursday, December 29, 2011

Proud to be a Coyotes fan

Why? Because we earned the win with our play last night, just got unlucky on some shots our way. There were mistakes, yes, but no more than from them.

Let's just take a look at these two teams for a minute. The Boston Bruins (I won't even go on about how much I hate them) are the defending Stanley Cup champions, coming off of an 8-0 victory over Florida, and a leading +57 goal differential.

And we've all heard the same old song about our team: the Yotes suck, they're a second-rate team, Phoenix doesn't even deserve a hockey club.

Well in front of a sellout crowd, the largest this building has ever seen, this second-rate, terrible team of ours prevented the mighty Bruins from scoring for over 59 minutes. And yeah, that's without Smith, and "LOLBarbera" in net, and no Hanzal, or Gordon, or Aucoin.

And while holding them off, we sneak a goal by one of the best defensemen in the league. Looks like Big Bad Zdeno Chara is a little too tall for his own good, line of sight kept him from seeing this little beauty skate by. And by "beauty" I of course mean Whitney. The goal was nice too.

Rozsival and Bissonnette also had big games tonight. Rosey decided to be a defensive demi-god that evening, taking pucks away and protecting the house. Boston didn't get a lot of quality chances with him on the ice. Meanwhile Biznasty made sure they bled if they ever wanted to touch the puck. The guy had some huge hits, earned some ice time, and really helped our team out in a big way.

LaBarbera pulled himself up, dusted himself off, and had an amazing game tonight. Their first goal within the first few seconds of the game was unlucky, screened and had a lot to do with a defensive breakdown on our end. The second was a bad deflection off of one of our guys. Most importantly: their two goals came 59:15 apart.

Miele still needs some seasoning to get used to Tippett's defensive game, but I was happy to see him not intimidated by this Bruins team. Honestly? I'd like to see more of Rundblad. Morris always seems to be on ice when we're scored on in crunch-time situations. Our offense and power play always needs some work, and it's no different now.

But you know what? I am happy with my boys. Proud of them. We faced this monster of a team and showed them that we aren't afraid. We aren't a second-rate team. We can compete with the best of them, and if the best of them wants to win, they're going to have to fight for it and bleed.

So, in summary,


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