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"Phoenix are very well coached, they're almost like robots," said Taylor Hall, who actually meant that as a compliment. "I'm sure once they got that 2 0 lead they knew they were not going to give up a lot.
When returning rookie Ryan Nugent Hopkins cut the lead to 2 1 at 8:28 of the third, Phoenix, like a python gripping a rat, simply cinched its grip, scored on a turnover, and waited out the heartbeat.
The Coyotes jumped out to a 2 0 lead in the first on goals from Oliver Ekman Larsson and Ray Whitney and simply ran out the clock for 42 minutes. Didn't have much trouble doing it, either.
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Third was the introduction of a 100 year old gal attending her first hockey game. Poor girl. When you're 100, you don't want to be wasting three hours.
But it's the kind of game coaches love.
to produce, but it's no secret they're going to play like that; they've been successful doing it.
The Edmonton Oilers and Phoenix Coyotes didn't so much play hockey on Saturday afternoon it was more like they held hockey's head under water until it stopped kicking.
while halting Edmonton's winning streak at two.
Coyotes dump Edmonton Oilers
"I thought we needed to be a little more patient."
"They definitely play a really structured game," Nugent Hopkins said of the Coyotes. "They kind of just sit back and wait for you to make a mistake."
Shots in the second period were 4 2 through about 14 minutes.
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The Oilers didn't know what to do against the Coyotes perfectly executed defensive system and Phoenix, a chore to watch at the best of times, were quick to drown anything even remotely close to excitement or entertainment.
this league that are in the playoffs year after year after year because they play a certain way and this is one of those teams," said Tom Renney, back on the bench after his concussion issues. "If we were bored to death, maybe we should have done more about it."
And it's as thrilling as it sounds.
"They're well coached, have a pretty good style," Shawn Horcoff said after the 3 1 Oilers loss. "They're a team that almost bores you to death in a lot of ways they wait for you to make mistakes and they try to capitalize on them."
In another one of those "well coached" games that is slowly killing the NHL, the Oilers and Coyotes brought their matinee to a lifeless standstill at Rexall Place.
"They're pretty disciplined in the style of play they bring to the ice," said Horcoff, adding the Oilers knew how dreadful the game was.
The highlight of the night was when two old people won the Smooch Cam. Second was the lady on the scoreboard game who guessed which pizza box the prize was in.
"We have to earn every bit of our respect in this league and we know there are going to be teams bringing their best every night because they have to."
"Teams like this being in the thick of the playoff race, they're going to bring their best every night," said Hall. "They're scratching and clawing for points; we're trying to get respect.
Expect a lot more of these battles of wills moving forward. Teams that are fighting for their playoff lives can't afford to make mistakes, they can't afford to lose. So nothing will come easy for Edmonton.
No almost about it. The whole place was bored to death.
Shots in the third were 3 2 through 10 minutes.
How bad was it?
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