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Coyotes’ Smith: ‘We were scared to win’

Oct 19, 2013, 1:24 AM EDT

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Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith had a strong critique of his team’s play following a 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

The Coyotes grabbed a 2-1 lead just before the midway point of the third period, but surrendered a goal to Nick Bonino with just over two minutes remaining in regulation, and then couldn’t outlast the Ducks in the deciding six-round breakaway competition.

“You ever heard of the saying ‘scared to lose?’ Well, we were scared to win,” Smith, who stopped 37 of 39 shots combined in regulation and overtime, told reporters after the game.

“That’s not how you finish off hockey games. Yeah, were solid up to that point but we went out in the third period, I think we had six shots and we just let them come, and come, and come and when you give that team chances we gave them, sooner or later it’s going to get in the back of your net.”

(The audio was posted online by Todd Walsh of Fox Sports Arizona)

  1. innout10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    He’s totally wrong. The yotes played a good 3rd and didn’t sag at all… It was a fluke goal. Tippett needs to call him in and have a chat. He’s dead wrong

  2. km9000 - Oct 19, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    It’s one thing if this comes from your coach, but when a teammate questions everyone’s desire to win, it seems dubious at best.

  3. innout10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Just a totally wrong comment. Never should have gone to shoot out… But how about the way the ducks exploited his glove? Zip it smith

  4. beelza - Oct 19, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Well, with one comment he pizzes off his entire team, puts the coaching staff in a very tough position, and can forget about the Canadian Olympic Team-no way mike babcock will have an unchecked mouth like that. Too bad.

  5. sheckyrimshot - Oct 19, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    in the words of my late grandmother: we is a horse turd

  6. nichole877 - Oct 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Stop sending me emails!!!!!!!!!

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