Embracing "Hockey the Hard Way"

Hold onto your tits, folks. This season is about to reach another level of craziness.

The Coyotes have outperformed everybody’s expectations during the month of February, going 8-0-1. So far, they haven’t lost in regulation this month. Smith has turned into a brick wall. Vrbata has been beating goaltenders like he’s Chris Brown. Basically, they’ve been playing like they should be in the Kenny Powers K-Swiss commercials.



"Me and Ray Whitney just effed you up, dawg!"

As of this exact moment, Radim Vrbata is the leading goal scorer in the Western Conference. Read that again, slowly, and think about it. The Sedin sisters. Jonathan Toews. Patrick Kane. Pavel Dat-suck. Verby has more goals than all of those players. It’s not like they’re going to talk about it on NHL Tonight or that new NBC Sports channel, but that doesn’t make it untrue.

Beyond that, the Wizard has 54 points in 60 games. That’s 0.9 points per game. Every game seems to have another player step into the spotlight with a huge performance. Last night was Doan, Hanzal and Vrbata during regulation. In the shootout, Whitney and Boedker were money.

A few weeks ago, most people had completely written our team off. According to the media, we were Seattle bound. Ray Whitney and Shane Doan were two of the hottest prospects on the trade market. It looked, my friends, as if those Canadian trolls that we’ve all come to hate had been right all along.

This whole season has played out like one of those stereotypical movies about children and divorce – "If we can find the buried treasure then mom and dad will stay together!" Even though the connection between winning games on a nightly basis seemed to have no effect on the ownership fiasco, we still wanted it to happen because it was all we had.

Whoever created the "Hockey the Hard Way" concept over in the Fallon marketing department is a genius. It was a great concept when it was rolled out, but it really has become the heart of the team. Just look at last night - for a while, the Kings had as many goals as we had shots. They had about a 25% shooting percentage on Smith. And then they bent the Kings over a barrel and showed them the 50 states (people say that, right?)



Things have certainly been interesting this year. According to The Internet, we may have an owner soon (knock on wood). The team is on fire. GMDM is making moves and bringing in offense. Where will this season end? Can we keep up this level of intensity night after night? And if we do, will that maintained effort hurt is in the playoffs?

One thing is for sure: The Coyotes will fight tooth and nail for as long as they can. Let's go put our butts in the seats.

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