Here’s what the Coyotes were saying after being humbled 4-1 by the Canadiens on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
Shane Doan on Carey Price
Phoenix captain Shane Doan took part in an unofficial family reunion when he suited up at the Bell Centre against his cousin, Carey Price
. Doan was quick to praise the young standout after the pre-game skate.
“He established himself as a great goalie in the NHL in his first year with them. He’s shown how great he is already at this level.”
Though he spoiled Price’s shutout bid 10 minutes into the third, he chose instead to focus on the one that got away.
“He stoned me on the first one. He came up with a big save when they really needed it to keep the game 1-0. He was great for them tonight.”Wisdom from “The Great One”
Hockey legend and Coyotes head coach, Wayne Gretzky knows firsthand that protecting your team’s star players is just a part of the game. When Phoenix rearguard, Kurt Sauer landed a hit on Andrei Kostitsyn that forced the winger out of the game, Gretzky was hardly surprised when things got chippy.
“They’re just sticking up for their teammate. They responded as a team. When one of your best players gets hit, whether you think it was fair or unfair you’re going to defend your guy. At the end of the day, they got their point across, we got our point across.”
The Great One also had some positive things to say about the NHL’s oldest hockey club, despite heading back to Phoenix with two losses from their Eastern Conference road trip.
“We lost to a very good hockey club tonight, one of the best teams in the league. When you play the two best teams in the Eastern Conference back-to-back, (Phoenix was in Ottawa on Friday night), you take your bumps and bruises, but now our guys have a week off.” Kurt Sauer on Georges Laraque
Kurt Sauer may stand 6-foot-4 and tip the scales at 220 pounds but the Coyotes’ defenseman knows when to pick his battles. When Habs policeman Georges Laraque sent out an invitation to Sauer to square off after his violent hit on Kostitsyn, the blue-liner politely declined.
“He’s a big guy, he’s a tough guy and I’m not even in his league. There’s nothing going on there.”Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com