Coyotes Win First Series, Rangers Force Game 7
The Phoenix Coyotes have won a playoff series. I've never had the chance to write that before. Given the ownership situation, I'm not sure if I ever will again, but it's happened. Phoenix may have won the division, but the Chicago Blackhawks had the better record this season and many experts picked the Hawks to win.
The Coyotes franchise hasn't won a series since they were the original Winnipeg Jets in 1987.
The series went into overtime for the first five games before the Coyotes shut it down 4-0 in game 6. It could have been Shane Doan praying enough to make Tim Tebow look like an atheist. Or it could have been Mike Smith looking like a Conn Smythe winner already.
The Coyotes will play the Nashville Predators in the second round. Queue the "yes, they play hockey there" jokes you'll hear on ESPN all week. Ha yuck yuck.
Kane & class
Patrick Kane, still trying to escape the reputation of the taxi incident from a few years ago, showed some major class last night. He received a misconduct with a few minutes to go in the game and left the ice. The game was over, the series was lost, and he came back onto the ice for the traditional handshake. That's class, and one of the reasons I love hockey.
Rangers take series back to NY
Chris Neil scored the first goal of the game and after the first period it looked like the Ottawa Senators had an upset in the making. But the New York Rangers cracked through in the second period, scoring three goals and taking a lead that held up until the end of the game, never mind that allowed goal that was kicked in.
Besides chipping in a goal, Neil also took on Brandon Prust in the first period. It was a long bout, one that saw Neil landing a fair amount of shots, and Prust getting in some as well.
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