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Coyotes coach Tippett: “We weren’t close in that game”

May 13, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

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Phoenix coach Dave Tippett was brutally honest after his team was beaten, 4-2, by the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Western Conference final.

“We weren’t close in that game,” said Tippett. “We got beat in every facet of the game. Hopefully we can take some lessons from it and we can be better next game.”

Among the stats that support Tippett’s take:

—- The Coyotes were outshot 48-27.

—- Their power play went 0-for-5 and registered just four shots in almost eight minutes with the man advantage.

—- They even got dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 30 draws and losing 40.

And we won’t even get into the needless penalties and defensive breakdowns.

On the bright side, if you’re going to lose Game 1, sometimes it’s good to get embarrassed. Something tells us the Coyotes will give a better effort Tuesday when they’ve moved past the realization they’re in the conference final and arrived at the realization they’ll be in deep trouble if they don’t get a win.

“The  execution  and  the  will to get things done is going to have to improve greatly if we’re going to have a chance in this series,” said Tippett.

  1. comeonnowguys - May 14, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Get out the brooms.

  2. ron05342 - May 14, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Seems to me I have seen this take before, in the St. Louis series, and we all knew what happened in the first period of game 2.

    Now, I am not saying the Kings are going to come out with 4 goals like they did in St. Louis, but sometimes some teams just have more talent than the other.

    Not much you can do about that aspect.

  3. dannymac17 - May 14, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    I’m not sure what that “something” told you but if this is ANY indication of whats been indicative of the last 2 rounds, who is to say the Kings don’t completely dominate. I don’t know what the coach put in them water bottles, but holy moly, i haven’t seen hockey being dominated like this, since well, the 93 Canadians.

  4. ironcity6pak - May 14, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    This kings team is nothing anyone has seen before. They are complete as can be and will be a force in this series. Kings devils cup kings win, Marty retires.

    • eggserino - May 14, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      I actually think you’re right on. Kings are playing inspired hockey right now.

    • comeonnowguys - May 14, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Yeah, let’s not get a little too ahead of ourselves. It’s not like they’re the first team ever to play well on skates using sticks to whack at rubber pucks.

  5. kcprof926 - May 14, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    It is amazing when you pick up players with Cup experience it makes the whole team better. Richards is a leader and the man.

  6. kwells44 - May 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    The Kings would do well to keep in mind that they totally dominated Game 1, but only won by 1 GOAL (plus an empty-netter)…

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