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Success in playoffs means thicker beards for Coyotes

Sunday, 05.06.2012 / 10:51 PM

By Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent / Coyotes vs. Predators series blog

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Success in playoffs means thicker beards for Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes have gone farther in the playoffs than ever before, and they have the playoff beards to prove it.
 
Keith Yandle
Defense - PHX
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 7 | PTS: 7
SOG: 12 | +/-: 7
Defenseman Keith Yandle spent most of an interview scratching his facial hair and when asked about how he was enjoying the hockey rite of spring, he wasn't shy.
 
"It's awful. I spend all day picking things out of it. Food, loose objects, everything," Yandle said. "I love it because it's a sign we're still around fighting for the Stanley Cup. But it's not one of my favorite things."
 
Some of the Coyotes -- such as defenseman David Schlemko -- are rocking Finals-length beards in the second round. Others, like Rostislav Klesla, are using it as camouflage to cover facial cuts and stitches they have acquired during the postseason. And then there is captain Shane Doan, who has waited 16 years for the chance to grow a beard beyond the first round, only to discover it's being less than cooperative. His scraggly playoff beard isn't taking to his baby face.

"It's embarrassing," Doan admitted. "But I'm happy to still have one."
Quote of the Day

It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6