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by George Malik on 04/23/11 at 01:32 AM ET
If you weren’t watching the Red Wings’ sweep of the Phoenix Coyotes on Fox Sports Detroit on Wednesday, you probably heard a familiar refrain from announcers on both the CBC and Versus: “And I picked the Coyotes!” Despite the fact that the Coyotes painted themselves as the consummate underdogs, a good 2/3rds of the media declared that the Coyotes would pull off an upset against an aging, fragile and injured Red Wings team backstopped by a shaky goaltender in Jimmy Howard. According to NHL.com’s Jerry Brown, Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney entertained similar thoughts ten days ago:
“I’m disappointed to be standing here so early,” Maloney said Friday as Coyotes packed up their gear and went through exit meetings at Jobing.com Arena. “I thought going into the playoffs we were better position to give Detroit a battle. I thought Detroit was vulnerable—they were a little banged up—but they really ratcheted up their game and we just didn’t.
“We’ll have to go back and look to see where we came up short. Going and losing four straight is just not acceptable. We’re going to figure out what went wrong and we’re going to fix it. We have enough players to play with anyone in this League … to blame franchise woes for the performance of the team is a cop-out to me. I won’t accept it.”
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