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COYOTES FIND SUCCESS WITH "OMG" LINE

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
By: Russell Brooks

Photo Credit: Norm Hall

The acronym "OMG" is typically defined as "oh my goodness" by many people, but that term has been given new meaning in Coyotes Country over the past few games.

The line consisting of Oleg Saprykin, Mike Zigomanis, and Georges Laraque have combined for seven goals and 14 points since being united as a line seven games ago against the Minnesota Wild. ?

"Georges, Saprykin, and Zigomanis have played well as a line," said Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky.

This newly created trio has provided Phoenix with solid defense in their own zone along with a scoring touch that has resulted in big goals for the Coyotes.

"This line is not a fourth line," said Gretzky. "They click as a line and work together real well. They are unselfish and tough to defend when they get the puck deep."

The "OMG" line was responsible for the game-winning goal against the Minnesota Wild and the game-tying marker versus the Chicago Blackhawks during the past home stand.

"Coming back from a two-goal deficit against Minnesota was huge for us," said Laraque, who was signed in the off-season.

The dynamic trio knows what's expected out of them when Gretzky calls out their line.

"We just have to stick together and stay focused," said Saprykin, who has scored four goals on the season. "It's big for us to create energy for the team right now and we need to just keep it going."

When asked why they are successful as a unit, the line could only give one answer.

"We keep it simple," said Laraque. "We get the puck down low and try to make plays from there. We don't want to be fancy."

Zigomanis agreed.

"Keeping it simple is really important for us," said Zigomanis, who has three goals on the season. "Our line has chemistry and we take care of the puck in both ends. We skate well together and make good decisions."

Gretzky has no fear putting the "OMG" line out on the ice at any point during the game.

"They have earned the right to play in key situations," said Gretzky. "They have been outstanding as a line. They work together as a line of three."

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