Let's be honest. Last night's win wasn't really about 2 points to the Phoenix Coyote fans. It wasn't about beating a canadian team, or any type of grudge match against the Maple Leafs themselves. It was in fact a great (if not-really-significant) middle finger to the mass of media that covers the Leafs and the NHL in general from the "center of the hockey universe."
All summer we had to endure article after article, generally from the Globe & Mail but also the other Ontario and Canada papers. We watched our team and fans be torn to shreds in the media. To walk into the Air Canada Centre and dominate a Leafs team that, while not great, has certainly been on a roll lately just to show in their own house that we're a real hockey team was magnificent.
Would it have been just as great to win a hard fought 3-2 game? Sure. But listening to the Toronto crowd sit stunned as our team that was supposed to be moved, or folded, or just simply be irrelevant make Vesa Toskala and the Leafs defense look silly was just awesome for Coyote fans.
Okay. I'm done with my little rant about how good that was. Here are some quick thoughts so I can get on with the Columbus preview and the game coming up soon:
- Petr Prucha's two goals were great to see. He's got miles of potential, but in his past time in New York he had lost something. Maybe he can find himself back on a roll now that the Vrbata - Hanzal - Prucha line is back together
- Martin Hanzal quietly had an awesome game with 3 assists.
- Paul Bissonnette's goal was great simply for seeing how excited both he and his dad were.
Ilya Bryzgalov still played extremely well even if he did give up 3 goals.
- The Coyotes scored 6 goals for the first time since the season opener in Los Angeles
- Daniel Winnik also had 2 assists and has been so very close to several goals. If he keeps working as hard as he has then they'll start coming to him.
That's all I really have for right now. On to Shane Doan's 1000th game in Columbus.