Tax day was a bit worse for the Coyotes. Playoff hopes ended for most all who love this team and continue to support them. First score of the game was a long possessed puck by San Jose and no matter how many posts you hit or how many penalties weren’t call, you have to have heart. Your Phoenix Coyotes were without a pulse Monday night. As if they heard before the game that trucks would be at the arena the day after the season to transport the equipment to another city. Really all anyone speaks about is we may lose our team.
San Jose played like the desperate hockey club tonight. Pushing the pace and no regard for their back to back with the Kings tomorrow. They made Phoenix look like an 11th place team. Very below average effort. Fans turned on not just Yandle and the refs tonight. Hanzal, Vrbata, even beloved Shane Doan was given blasts. Besides a crazy game where he scored 2 goals and was a man possessed he too seems to have not been firing on all cylinders. Same feeling we had during the losing streak. Like they know something we don’t. Hard to sugar coat it any longer. I am upset this crazy season has melted our resolve. Who are we anymore?
Phoenix will have to win out at this point and then look to see what happens. Really though fans, even die hards like me understand we are not making the post season and frankly we don’t deserve it nor want it badly.
Mike Smith was a scratch due to an illness. Ok enter LaBarbera who at times flashes some good leather…..not tonight. He was abused and peppered with over 40 shots.
Dave Tippett deserves better than this. If any one of you think this is on coach Tippett than you must think all the teams that lose to the Yankees have horrible coaches. No they have the deck stacked. Most of the time Tippett uses magic and slight of hand to trick all. But in the end the lack of talent hurts. You can’t coach heart and effort but give me a bunch of Klinkhammers and Conners and let’s start fresh. Who needs a veteran who is a fill in until we trade them for a 7th rounder.
Next up: Blues, Blackhawks, and Red Wings on Thurs, Sat, and Mon. This road trip will define whether we even have a chance in the final 3 games. Last game come in a back to back which should follow a Colorado win at home then Anaheim with nothing to play for and may want to rest to get ready for playoffs. Right now the word playoff is a joke and to quote a famous outburst.