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Boyd Gordon is the prototypical example of using his frame to play physical without playing recklessly
While the games are sloppy, the Coyotes need to enforce their will on games early in the season. A deliberate style with fore-checking pressure and solid, air-tight defense is the way for this team to win games.
They cannot be lured into up-and-down hockey with teams that want to open their defense up. While Mike Smith can be counted on to make some difficult saves, limiting opportunities and stymieing potent offenses are the Coyotes' calling card.
One way of ensuring this is for Phoenix to be physical. The Coyotes pride themselves in playing a tough style of hockey. They have to be smart, though, as they cannot put themselves in situations where they play recklessly and give up power play opportunities.
Boyd Gordon and Kyle Chipchura are two examples of guys who play physical but seldom play recklessly.
Playing physical is not about applying huge open ice hits, but consistently applying pressure throughout a game and finishing checks whenever you get the opportunity. These two guys are prototypical examples of how Dave Tippett likes to construct a hockey team. They are two fourth-line forwards who play physical, but are intelligent as well.