Yeah, I'm a little late, but can't a brotha have a day off? No? Crap. I guess I better get that recap done then...
SO the Coyotes took the Ducks out behind the woodshed and beat them pretty badly last night. Through 19 minutes of the first period though it looked like this was going to be the most boring game of the year. The Coyotes and Ducks were both skating around taking penalties. Then they would skate around and be terrible on the power play. That was until Petr Prucha crashed the net and put a juicy rebound past Jonas Hiller with 46 seconds remaining in the first. It was even on the power play for the Coyotes first PP goal in... jeez, I don't even remember how long. Something like 25 chances or something though. I also noticed that no one on the ducks seemed to like Keith Yandle. They all seemed to want him to drop the gloves. Yandle? Really? He's a decent D guy and can score, but a tough guy he is not. Ilya Bryzgalov seemed like he could use a pillow and a book to keep him entertained with how many pucks he was seeing.
In the second it was more of the same. The Ducks got some chances here and there, but they were pretty weak. Wojtek Wolski got his second goal in as many games on a little spin-o-rama move that froze the Ducks defense and Hiller for a really odd goal. Gotta love the new guy chipping in. Later in the period Vernon FIddler would get one to go in by jamming the puck underneath the leg pad of Hiller. It toook a couple swats, but it was a good goal. Minutes later Matt Belesky would get a cross checking penalty that would only increase the aforementioned Yandle hate by the Ducks. It was pretty clear even at the game that it was a pretty weak dive by Yandle. It was no Crosby performance, but Yandle was already in some of the Ducks' heads and this just sent them off. THe Ducks didn't want to do anything while on the kill, but afterward everyone was jawing at Yandle. They were even yelling between the benches. Yandle didn't see another shift as there were only a couple minutes left in the period and everyone went to the locker room to cool off.
By cool off I may have actually meant just give them time to stew and get pissy about the previous period. It didn't take long for another scrum to break out and of course Yandle was in the middle of it. Both he and Kyle Chipchura got send with just minors for roughing, but then Vernon Fiddler and Sheldon Brookbank had a go after the refs had told them too cool off. Something must have happened, because both got 10 minute misconducts. Most of the period the Coyotes just played defensively and weren't pushing a whole lot which was driving me absolutely crazy. That's one thing we need to get away from. protecting a lead is great, but the way you do that is to keep pressing the other team. Anyhow. Keith Yandle would score later in the period on a goal that no one thought was a goal including the referee, the goal judge and whoever operates the goal light. I was sitting behind the net though and actually did think it was though it sounded like a post. It just came out of the net really strangely. Anyhow, play would continue since there was no goal call and in the meantime Bryzgalov made a stop and Derek Morris and Corey Perry mixed it up with linesmen and refs in between them. Both were sent off with 5 minute majors. The play was reviewed, the goal counted and the Coyotes took it home 4-0.
Bryzgalov made a few great saves, but overall wasn't really challenged. Either way though, the Russian became the team's single season leader for wins in a season and collected his 7th shutout of the year. He's just played outstanding and while the defense has been helpful he's just brought it home.
Happy to have take 2 more points and move ahead of the Kings for 4th again. We don't play until Wednesday when we face the Canucks. We'll have some stuff up between now and then, so be sure to stop by anyhow.