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"My favorite part is running back and forth between arenas to watch the hockey games. I'm a kid in a candy store. It's all so centralized that no matter what event you want to go to, you can get there easily, which is good because if you have to use transportation to go even five miles there are bottlenecks and a lot of security checks. It's a tough area geographically to handle this kind of traffic. But when you're on the Olympic compound, all you need is a good pair of walking shoes."
-George Gosbee, Pnoenix Coyotes co-owner and executive chairman and governor, at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. More in Q & A form from Craig Morgan of FoxSports Arizona.
Personally, Gosbee is a breath of fresh air.
from the Phoenix Coyotes,
A sellout crowd chanted U-S-A! over and over on Friday night as members of the gold-medal winning 1980 United States men’s hockey team took center ice for a pre-game ceremony to help send off the 2014 Olympians playing in the Coyotes vs. Blackhawks game at Jobing.com Arena.
Former U.S. captain Mike Eruzione dropped the ceremonial first puck to cap the 15-minute ceremony, which featured highlights from the “Miracle on Ice” game vs. the U.S.S.R. and introductions of the 15 current NHL players who will head to Sochi for this year’s Games on Sunday.
continued and watch the ceremony below...
"I don't even know what our level is because we're barely above average right now, if average. "It's not acceptable. Not even close."
We're up 2-1 to start the second and we do absolutely nothing, nothing as a group. Absolutely nothing. We have a chance to put a team away when you're up 2-1 at home, and I don't think we got a shot for 12 minutes. It's embarrassing. It's embarrassing."
-Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes after losing 3-2 to Buffalo last night. More from the CP at TSN.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that the Phoenix Coyotes will officially change their franchise name to the Arizona Coyotes beginning at the start of the 2014-15 NHL season.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On why the Kings are struggling to score:
We hit some posts tonight. Enough to win last night. Next question.
On whether the lack of “greasy goals” is baffling:
No. If they don’t go in, then they don’t count. Next question.
On the team’s lack of energy at the start:
Oh, not at all. I thought we had really good energy, and we’ve been on the road for quite a while, haven’t played at home for a long time. Hey, the second goal is a tough one. Tough to chase a two-goal lead on the road against good teams.
On the penalties against Jordan Nolan:
I thought it was a bad call. We shouldn’t have gotten the extra penalty. [Reporter: That was huge. I mean, it leads to a goal, right?] How does it become that out of a four-and-two? [Reporter: Did you get an explanation?] Don’t need one. They don’t give many. They don’t give many explanations.
On the team’s level of fatigue:
continued and watch the Jordan Nolan extra penalty below...
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province.
Next up, Phoenix’s Martin Hanzal.
It was Hanzal, guilty of using his stick like he was clear cutting a forest, who managed to end Henrik Sedin’s decade-long iron-man streak. He knocked Mike Santorelli out of the lineup with a shoulder injury. He also got his stick into David Booth’s face, a cross-check which easily could have led to a concussion. That was all in one period in Phoenix on Jan. 16.
Booth said he’d consider fighting Hanzal if he was playing. He said it doesn’t look like Booth will be, as the Canucks prepared Saturday to go with seven defenceman, with Weber on the fourth line.
Someone has to pay for another loss, and it looks like it will be Booth losing his spot in the lineup.
But will Hanzal pay for his stick work?
“We’re trying to build a team identity that we don’t get pushed around,” Dale Weise said. “We stuck up for ourselves in Calgary. Dustin Brown kinda had to answer the bell and he did (in L.A.).
“I’m not sure what’s going to happen (Sunday).. We have a lot of guys who are going to have some choice words for him.”
Below, watch Hanzal in action during the last Vancouver/Phoenix game...
NEW YORK (Jan. 17, 2014) – Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal has been fined $5,000 for high-sticking Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth during NHL Game No. 720 in Phoenix on Thursday, Jan. 16, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 15:55 of the third period. Hanzal was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking on the play.
Watch the incident here, about about the :40 second mark.
Henrik Sedin tried to do a good sell job with the goal celebration, but no goal, which would have been the only goal Vancouver would have scored in a 1-0 loss to Phoenix.
Martin Hanzal was a one-man cross-checking machine last night..
“We’re not very good, we haven’t been very good for a while. We’ve been fooling ourselves with finding ways to come back and get points — tie games and get to overtime — probably the last month-and-a-half. We haven’t been good enough, and we gotta be better as a group.”
-Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes. More on the Coyotes from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic.
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