Perhaps this is a silly prejudice, but I feel like hockey teams from warm places have something to prove. I know, I know, hockey teams don’t recruit from their localities and, like every other professional athlete, hockey players go to where the money is, but it doesn’t change the fact that I expect less from a hockey team from Arizona. If the Phoenix Coyotes did have anything to prove, they’re certainly doing it this year. With an impressive record, they came to DC, last night, as a very real threat to the Capitals five game winning streak.
The Capitals, with their aforementioned win streak and Ovechkin’s impressive scoring record, were definitely the team to beat and the Coyotes were determined to cut them down to size. The game opened with Phoenix playing aggressively and keeping the puck near the Capitals goal for most of the 1st period. The Caps looked a bit tentative, early on, but managed to take advantage of their first power play, with Brooks Laich to scoring in the opening minutes. The Coyotes answered in the 13th minute of the period, tying game. Continue reading