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  • Coyotes goalie Mike Smith not a Vezina finalist

    The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the top goaltender in the NHL as determined by a vote of the 30 league general managers. And while he had an excellent season, Coyotes netminder Mike Smith is not among the three finalists. Smith, who set career-best marks with 38 wins, a .930 save percentage and 2.21 […]
  • Off the Ice: Oliver Ekman-Larsson 1, Patrick Kane 0

    Aren’t the personal, one-on-one battles of the playoffs great? Going into the opening round of the playoffs against the mighty and storied Chicago Blackhawks, most analysts were giving the ‘Hawks skilled lines an edge over the Phoenix Coyotes gritty style of defense-first hockey. I admit, though I favored the Coyotes with my choice, I thought […]
  • Celebration will be brief as Coyotes prepare for Nashville

    Shane Doan had waited his entire career for this. The Phoenix Coyotes are heading to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. “It’s something that had been a very long time,” Doan said Tuesday at Sky Harbor Airport after he and the team returned from Chicago. “You’re excited, as a player, to have a […]
  • What have you been up to for the last 9,139 days?

    April 16, 1987 is not a day that lives in infamy — not for most people, anyway. Sure, it was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 40th birthday, and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer went out and scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds that night for the Lakers in a win over the Utah Jazz. Former Arizona Senator […]
  • DDB: Series has tied record for ‘Free Hockey’

    GLENDALE – The Coyotes and Blackhawks certainly are spoiling fans of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with “free hockey” as all five of the first five games of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series required an overtime period to decide the outcome. On Saturday, the teams again needed extra time to decide the winner of Game 5 […]
  • Off the Ice: Torres suspension has to be a joke

    I laughed when I first heard the news about Raffi Torres’ 25-game suspension. I honestly did. You can call me a homer all you’d like, but hear me out before you do so. Not only is it the longest suspension of Brendan Shanhan’s brief tenure, the NHL has seen worse — especially as of late […]
  • Coyotes coach appreciates hard-working team

    It would have been easy for the Phoenix Coyotes to quit at many points during their first round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Between losing key players to injuries, giving up late goals and generally being a less-talented team than the one they are playing, there are plenty of reasons to just lay down and […]
  • Up 3-1 on Blackhawks, Coyotes know nothing has been won yet

    If the Coyotes’ first round series with the Chicago Blackhawks was a best-of-five, they’d have already won and advanced to the second round. Unfortunately, it’s a best-of-seven series. The Coyotes, who hold a 3-1 series lead, will have a chance to finish the Blackhawks off Saturday at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale. They know it won’t […]
  • Raffi Torres decision will come down Saturday

    Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended indefenitely by the NHL after his hit on Chicago’s Marrion Hossa caused the player to leave the ice on a stretcher. The decision on how much longer Torres will be come soon. According to Arizona Republic Coyotes beat writer Sarah McClellan, the league will make its ruling this […]
  • Hockey ‘the dirty way’…do you care?

    Paulie Puck prefers to keep it simple. (Is that because we’re a card carrying simpleton? Uh, we refuse to dignify those questions…) Instead, let’s get a show of hands here regarding another simple question: Who’s willing to play dirty? You know, as in “Hockey the Hard, err…Dirty Way.” Specifically, who’s willing to withstand headlines across […]
  • Doan: Players trying to find learning curve in evolving NHL

    The Valley and the rest of the NHL nation are still discussing the hit Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres laid on Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa. While the discussions on the legality and possible suspension time will continue on long after the probable sentence is handed down, Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan said a lot […]
  • 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 […]