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Phoenix Coyotes Heating Up the Desert

Derek PivkoCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17:  Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes lays a body check onto Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on October 17, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Bruins 4-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

After months in exile, speculation began to unravel about the existence of the Phoenix Coyotes. Would the Coyotes pack up and move before the sun would rise in Glendale?

The bankrupt Coyotes have become the talk of the NHL as the first place Coyotes (5-2) continue to howl over the competition in heroic fashion.

There is no silence surrounding the Coyotes. Everyone knows that the Coyotes were a decision away from moving to Canada therefore the Coyote can not hide. Instead, the Coyotes have done the opposite of hiding the Coyotes have risen from the offseason troubles and capitalized on early season victories. These victories have put the Coyotes from pretenders to contenders in a matter of two weeks.

Yes, it is rather ridiculously early to talk about playoffs, but how can you not talk about how the Coyotes have shut out two Stanley Cup contenders in the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks?

Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov deserves player of the month recognition after his work in net. Bryzgalov is currently tied for fourth place with five victories but he stands by himself in first place with two shutouts. Bryzgalov has stopped 141 shots from going in with an alarming .953 save percentage.

Not bad for a goalie who was put on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks back in 2007. Ever since 2007, Bryzgalov has become one of the top faces in the franchise.

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One another familiar face in the franchise Shane Doan. Last night against the Boston Bruins, Doan didn’t need any goals to add to his legacy. Instead his team mates did the scoring while Doan did the passing as the Coyotes defeated an East Coast powerhouse in the Boston Bruins, 4-1.

Tim Thomas couldn’t solve the all of a sudden exploding Coyotes offense which came out scoring early. While Doan was busy with three assists on the night, Ed Jovanovski, Adrian Aucoin, Keith Yandle, and Scottie Upshall were busy putting the goals in the net.

Tim Thomas wishes he could have hit the reset button in the second period. Forty-four seconds after Yandle scored his second on the season, teammates Upshall put the nail in coffin cementing a 4-1 lead which secured the Coyotes third straight victory.

While the future of the Coyotes is still in question, the Coyotes continue to live in the present as they have started the 2009-2010 season one to remember. Will the Coyotes continue this impressive start?

Only time can tell as the clock continues to click closer and closer as the Coyotes season continues to unfold before our eyes

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