Coyote Tracks - THANK YOU COYOTES Edition

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 27: (L-R) Vernon Fiddler #38, Daniel Winnik #34, Derek Morris #53 and Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Phoenix Coyotes salute the fans following Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Detroit Red Wings during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 27, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 6-1 to win the series 4-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

First, and foremost, I want to just say how proud I am of the Phoenix Coyotes and their fans.  At the end of last night's debacle game 7, at least 13,000 stayed until the final horn while standing, cheering and chanting "Let's Go Co-yotes"  It was heart-wrenching to experience, but that scene to the left just shows you what it was like, and why there is nothing that any Coyotes fan is going to be upset about when looking back on the 2009-2010 season.

Sure, it would've been wonderful to see the Coyotes take down the Red Wings and win their first ever series in Phoenix last night...but it was not meant to be.  For whatever reason the Coyotes had no jump in their step and couldn't win any of the battles for pucks that you have to win to succeed at this level.  Call it whatever you want - nerves, Detroit showing its experience, the Coyotes getting out-coached for the first time all season - it was just an ugly display of hockey on the ice.  But in the stands, the fans let the Coyotes know that it's not how anyone will remember this year and it's not going to keep them from coming back next year in force.  Coyotes hockey is here to stay.

What could've been had Shane Doan not been injured in game 3.  As Dave Tippett revealed after the game, Doan suffered a grade 3 separated shoulder...

"That injury is usually 3-4 weeks and he's trying to push it into 3-4 days," head coach Dave Tippett said after his team's 6-1 defeat. "I just felt so bad for him because he wants to play so bad. We even tried him in some battles [in practice] yesterday and it was obvious that he couldn't play at the level needed.

"It was bad enough where... it wasn't a good injury."

The Coyotes just weren't as good a team without Shane Doan despite being able to win 2 games without Captain Coyote. 

I'm sure Travis will have more at some point, and perhaps I will add some further thoughts once I get a chance to reflect on the season a bit.  For now, I just want to thank PPP, Chemmy, Brad Lee and everyone else that's made their way over to Five For Howling over the last few weeks and showed their support.  I know you all have your own teams and this confluence of events may never occur again where you are all hopping on the Coyotes bandwagon, but I hope you do swing by on occasion and be active members of our community.  We will try and do the same...

After the jump, some stuff I posted earlier in the day when I was less depressed...it will be brief.

Thanks again for everything Coyotes...it's been a hell of a ride!

Exploring the anger of the Detroit Red Wings fan - ProHockeyTalk - Hockey - NBC Sports
I'm not posting this to stir the pot with the Red Wings (heck, I made my way over to WiiM to congratulate them), but they do get exceptionally angry whenever you say anything about them or their team...

Worst Cliche in Hockey - Potter Gold, Uncategorized - Macleans.ca
The dreaded "two goal lead'...trust me, I'd have killed for the Coyotes to get a 2 goal lead last night...

Troubling NHL numbers - The Globe and Mail
Reports indicate that as many as six teams needed advances on television and/or revenue-sharing money to pay the bills...maybe Dave Shoalts will start camping out in Nassau County instead of Phoenix to stir crap up with a different fanbase next year...

Pat Tillman film a haunting blindside - Los Angeles Times
Not a hockey story, but a Phoenix story and a good one...

Down Goes Brown: The NHL partners with Facebook - Toronto Maple Leafs Blog - Humor. Commentary. Despair.
And this should cheer you up as we mourn the end of the Coyotes first playoff run in 8 years.  I'm sure we'll also be treated to Puck Daddy's eulogy in the next day or two...can't wait :/

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