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  • Canadian writer calls Torres ‘hockey’s biggest punk’

    Raffi Torres of the Phoenix Coyotes had a reputation as a physical, sometimes dirty player before Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night. After his hellacious hit on Chicago star Marian Hossa in the first period Tuesday, that reputation has become more negative, at least according to Mark Spector […]
  • Coyotes’ Raffi Torres suspended indefinitely

    Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres, according various reports, has been suspended indefinitely by the National Hockey League pending an in-person visit with league officials Friday. Torres laid a brutal hit on Chicago’s Marian Hossa in the first period of the Coyotes’ 3-2 overtime win in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Tuesday night. No […]
  • Off the Ice: Shaw suspension shows deep flaws in NHL discipline

    I’m not here to argue the Andrew Shaw suspension. He made contact with Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith’s head. He took a dangerous line on a protected player. He had both time and space to alter his course or slow down to make a play on the puck; he did neither. Shaw deserved his three-game […]
  • Blackhawks’ Shaw suspended three games by NHL

    It took a while to get a ruling on, but NHL senior vice president of player safety and hockey operations Brendan Shanahan announced Tuesday that Chicago Blackhawks rookie Andrew Shaw has been suspended for three games. The suspension comes as a result of Shaw’s shoulder-to- head contact with Phoenix Coyotes’ goalie Mike Smith during Chicago’s […]
  • Jeremy Roenick believes Coyotes will win in seven

    The Phoenix Coyotes were a mere six seconds away from taking a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference quarterfinals. Instead, for the second time in two games, the Coyotes failed to hold onto to a third period lead as the seconds dwindled off the clock. But unlike Game 1, […]
  • DDB: Coyotes Ready for the Road

    GLENDALE – After taking the day off on Sunday, the Coyotes re-assembled at the Ice Den in Scottsdale on Monday morning for a lengthy practice. After the workout, the team headed to Sky Harbor Airport for their charter flight to Chicago where they will play Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series […]
  • Off the Ice: Time for Coyotes to get tough

    The motto for the Phoenix Coyotes this season has been “Hockey the Hard Way” and it’s not going to get any tougher than the remainder of the series with the Chicago Blackhawks. The ‘Hawks are one of the best playoff teams in the NHL and have used their veteran knowledge to beat a Coyotes team […]
  • Script must change as Coyotes head into Game 3

    In the Matrix trilogy, déjà vu is a sign that there is a glitch in the program, that something has changed and likely not for the better. In Groundhog Day, Phil (played by Bill Murray) could not escape a particular day until he learned some things that would change his life for the better. While […]
  • Bickell’s overtime goal pulls Blackhawks even

    GLENDALE – Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes felt eerily similar to Game 1. Chicago scored an early goal, Phoenix suffered another key injury in the first period but bounced back for a lead. The similarities persisted up until the final seconds when like Game 1, the […]
  • Radim Vrbata ‘day-to-day’ for Coyotes

    Things couldn’t have started much worse for the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Jonathan Toews scored just 4:04 into the game to give Chicago a 1-0 lead, and Coyotes’ leading goal scorer Radim Vrbata took a shot from Andrew Shaw during his second shift on […]
  • It’s the Coyotes, so Game 1 win could not be easy

    Glendale, Ariz. — The slogan for the 2011-12 Phoenix Coyotes is “Hockey the Hard Way.” In their Stanley Cup Playoffs opener Thursday night in Glendale against the Blackhawks, it may as well have been “Making hockey harder for ourselves.” The Coyotes fell behind just 4:04 into the game when Chicago’s Jonathan Toews slipped a shot […]
  • Shane Doan is the greatest captain in NHL history

    Shane Doan is the greatest captain in NHL history. Here’s the chain of events. Arizona Sports 620 will tweet out a link to this blog. A Phoenix snowbird from Canada who listens to the show will read it and laugh openly. He will then retweet the link or e-mail it to a buddy still in […]
  • Arizona Sports Face-Off: Digging the Whiteout?

    Playoff hockey is back in the desert, and it’s bringing the “Whiteout” with it. As such, Coyotes fans will turn Arena into a sea of white for the third consecutive year. That’s all well and good, provided you like the concept. But what if you don’t? Should the Whiteout go away, forever? That’s the […]
  • Chicago’s Toews symptom free at practice

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ Chicago captain Jonathan Toews is expected to play in the opening game of the Blackhawks’ playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night. Toews missed the final 22 games of the regular season because of a concussion, but has been practicing with the team this week in preparation for the […]
  • Coyotes goalie Mike Smith looks to ‘bring the A game’

    Mike Smith has been in this position before: getting ready for the playoffs. However, he has not been in this spot before: being the number-one goaltender on a playoff team. That said, the six-year veteran sees no reason to change his preparation as the Phoenix Coyotes ready themselves for Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks […]