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Coyotes ‘want to belong’ among top teams

Oct 30, 2013, 2:36 AM EDT

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In a Pacific Division match-up Tuesday night, it was the Phoenix Coyotes who came away victorious over the L.A. Kings.

Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was solid, making 41 saves as Phoenix defeated the Kings 3-1. It’s not really just another win.

The Coyotes are part of a five-team pack that is separated by only five points in the newly re-formed and already intensely competitive Pacific Division.

San Jose, Anaheim and Vancouver all sit ahead Phoenix in the division standings, but the Coyotes have gotten off to a good start with an 8-3-2 record. The Kings represent that fifth team, and they’re only two points back of the Coyotes.

“We want to belong with teams like this and to be up there with them, you’ve got to win your head-to-head matches,” said Coyotes forward Kyle Chipchura, as per Sarah McLellan of Azcentral Sports.

  1. soldierone - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Should have been a shutout, too bad the Queens are a bunch of diving panzee’s. Their mascot should be the old people from Life Alert.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      “panzee’s?” with an apostrophe?

    • pirovash88 - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Want to talk about Queens? Watch Doan in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final.

      • dadisthatu - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        did you watch doughty last night? falling to the ice and grabbing his head when he got bumped in the back. did he learn that from gordon bombay?

    • sporkov - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      That is one of the funniest things I have read. The only problem with it is that while it embodies the diving, it does not show the cheap, dirty, and ‘goonish’ crap that they also pull every game.

  2. sjtorpitt - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:56 AM


  3. LampyB - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Wow i think we have our first Yotes fan! ^

    • ibieiniid - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      i think thailer may have come out yesterday.

      • thailer35 - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM

        I’ve been coming out as a Yote’s fan as long as I have been posting here. Went to the game last night.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        oh ok. there’s not many Coyotes articles so I didn’t see that before some article yesterday.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        wasn’t implying you were bandwagoning, was just sayin’.

      • thailer35 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        No worries, I knew there were no bad intentions. Just wanted to clarify because “coming out” could be interpreted by others to mean that I may have been embarrassed or ashamed to be a Coyotes fan so I kept it a secret. No shame here!!

      • joey4id - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        oh! Yes! not only is thailer35 a Yotes fan, in his own words “I could out skate, shoot, hit, pass, and goaltend you anyday, child”.

  4. blomfeld - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    there was ‘darkness’ friends … 😦

    • thailer35 - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Well blomfeld, while you are probably in a somber mood today because of the results in last nights game, I have to say, you have got to feel fairly good about Scrivens. I really thought we would just tear him apart last night, and even though he let in three, two of them were ugly bounces, and he really played quite well! Smith was just really on his game last night, as your kings were just peppering him with shots all night.

    • mrpinkca - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Since blomfeld is to sad to post a tangentially related video, I figured i’d do it for him.

      • mrpinkca - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM



      • thailer35 - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        Spelling error aside, love the video choice!

  5. imthedudedude - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Nolan tried to cheap shot Morris late in the 3rd period.. Nolan ends up on his back! HA! Go yotes!

  6. endusersolutions2013 - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Interesting. This summer, during all the stories about the potential sale and/or moving, Phoenix fans kept on insisting that they could support a team. As it is they exist on debt and league revenue sharing.

    They are likely a playoff contender despite playing in the toughest division of the tougher conference. Last year average attendance was 13,

    This year, they have gone from 29th in attendance, 13,924 to 30th averaging a pitiful 12,437 – a drop of more than 10%.

    Looks like that 5 year loses escape clause is goon be activated in 5.

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