And clashed they did!
The Coyotes showed a side that they never showed this season (besides Paul Bissonnette) as the Coyotes staked up on penalty minutes and the gloves dropped rapidly.
Coyotes' captain Shane Doan stopped being a gentlemen player after Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski nailed him with a brutal hit early in the first period on Saturday. When Doan returned he showed a side that no one has saw this season and he sent a message to the NHL. The Coyotes are not a team to mess with.
Instead, the new Phoenix Coyotes have become the talk of the NHL. The latest NHL rankings rank the Coyotes sixth after the Coyotes are on the verge of a second four game winning streak this season. This has been a team effort and a lot of the effort is coming from the fabulous goal tending of Ilya Bryzgalov.
Bryzgalov received third place votes for NHL Player for the Month of October after leading the league in shutouts. However, in Phoenix he is their team MVP for the month of October. The Coyotes would be where they stand today without the strong showing of Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov is the mist of having a career season in Phoenix and will have the night off tonight when they play the Los Angeles Kings for the third time this season.
The series is tied up at 1-1.
Bryzgavlov is not the only Coyote that is enjoying a great start of the season. Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski isn’t joking around on the ice. Instead, he is putting great use to his playing time while leading the Coyotes to an impressive 9-4 start. Jovanovski’s effort on the ice is showing as he and Shane Doan currently lead the team in points.
Jovanovski and Doan are starting to receive attention from Team Canada as the two are hopefuls of playing for their respective country for the 2010 Olympic Games.
The season is still young as we are just starting the second month of the 2009-2010 season. However, under coach Tippett, the Coyotes finally have a proven winner on the bench as Tippett deserves coach of the month status for the month of October. Tippett believes that his team can win and doesn’t want to call up any of his prospects from their AHL affiliate the San Antonio Rampage.
The Rampage currently have a lot of future stars for the Coyotes organization such as Kyle Turris and Mikkel Boedker. Turris is off to a fast start in San Antonio, in just 12 games, Turris four goals and six assists. It is only a matter of time until Turris gets the call back to Phoenix. However, for the time being the Coyotes are winning without him which means that Turris will not have be rushed into young and promising career in the NHL.
The Coyotes have a busy week this week. They host the Kings tonight and on Wednesday they head over to face NHL Player of the Month of October Craig Anderson and the Colorado Avalanche.
After the Avalanche they fly back to Phoenix to host the Chicago Blackhawks and on Saturday they travel to Anaheim to play the Ducks.
And if Phoenix plays the way they did last Saturday against Anaheim, we should be in for a great week of Coyote hockey.