By: Chad Lynch
On Thursday, the Phoenix Coyotes held their third day of on-ice activities for the 2005 Training Camp, highlighted by the final scrimmage of the week between Team "A" and Team "C."
Team "A" started Curtis Joseph in net, while Team "C" sent out David LeNeveu to guard the pipes. The first half for Team "C" began much the same way as Wednesday's scrimmage did. Team "C" jumped out to the early lead when Tyson Nash planted himself in front of the net and tipped a pass from the corner over the outstretched glove of Curtis Joseph for the 1-0 lead.
Defenseman Cale Hulse would give Team "C" a 2-0 lead a few minutes later when he blasted a slap shot from the top of the right face-off circle that beat Joseph short side.
Both teams exchanged some big hits and scoring opportunities, but the first half would end with Team "C" leading 2-0.
In the second half, Steve Passmore relieved LeNeveu and Pier-Oliver Pelletier took over for Joseph.
Team "A" cut the lead in half on a highlight reel goal from Oleg Saprykin. Saprykin took control of the puck in the neutral zone and raced in on a breakaway against Passmore. After a fake to his forehand, which drew Passmore out of position, Saprykin pull the puck back and roofed a backhand into the net to make it a 2-1 game.
Boyd Devereaux would even the score for Team "A" mid-way through the second half when a loose puck in front of the Team "C" net caused a pile up of players trying to get to the puck. Devereaux them took the puck from the top of the crease and lifted it over a fallen Passmore to make it a 2-2 contest.
As the game drew to a close it looked like a shootout would be needed to decide the winner, but once again Devereaux came to the rescue for Team "A" when he deflected a cross-ice pass from deep within the Team "C" zone, that found it's way into the net giving Team "A" a 3-2 lead.
Following Devereaux's go-ahead-goal, Team "C" pulled Passmore for an extra attacker, but was unable to solver Pelletier and the scrimmage came to an end with Team "A" holding on to a 3-2 victory.
During the first three days of the Coyotes 2005 Training Camp, each team has played two games and only one goaltender has not allowed a single goal during those scrimmages.
Was it Brian Boucher who holds the NHL's all-time shutout streak record with five consecutives shutouts and a 332:01 shutout sequence?
Was it Curtis Joseph who currently ranks ninth among all-time wins leaders (396) and third among active goaltenders?
Neither. The goaltender in question was none other than David LeNeveu. Perhaps it shouldn't be that much of a surprise considering LeNeveu does hold the best single season goals-against average in NCAA history (1.20) and broke several team records at Cornell University previously held by six-time Stanley Cup winner Ken Dryden.
Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky and his associate coaches have announced the line-ups for the first two exhibition games this season.
For the first game on Friday night against the Minnesota Wild at the Glendale Arena, the roster will be:
Jeff Taffe, Mike Ricci, Boyd Devereaux, Martin Podlesak, Krystofer Kolanos, Shane Doan, Oleg Saprykin, Mike Comrie, Mike Johnson, Ladislav Nagy, Petr Nedved and Jason Chimera.
Chris McAllister, Derek Morris, Matthew Spiller, Paul Mara, Sean O'Donnell and Denis Gauthier
Brian Boucher and David LeNeveu
*Boucher has been named the starting goaltender for Friday's game
For the first game on Saturday night in Minnesota the roster will be:
Martin Podlesak, Mike Rupp, Brett Hull, Jeff Taffe, Krystofer Kolanos, Fredrik Sjostrom, Tyson Nash, Mike Comrie, Randall Gelech, Martin Sonnenberg, Jakub Koreis and Doug Doull
Matt Jones, Brad Ference, Zbynek Michalek, Keith Ballard, Rick Berry and Cale Hulse
David LeNeveu and Steve Passmore
*LeNeveu has been named the starting goaltender for Saturday's game.
The NHL announced today that as part of the implementation process and as a special preview for the fans, a shootout will be conducted at the end of all pre-season games - regardless of the score at the end of regulation time or overtime.
The teams will alternate shots with the visiting team shooting first.
Each team will be given three shots unless the outcome is determined earlier in the shootout. A team will be deemed to have won the shootout if its total of shootout goals is greater than the number its opponent can attain in the number of rounds remaining.
If the score remains tied after each team has taken three shots, the shootout will proceed to a "sudden-death" format.
TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY
For the first time in NHL history, all 30 NHL Clubs will make a block of single-game tickets available for purchase on the same date, Saturday, Sept. 17. Fans can purchase tickets for their favorite match-ups by logging on to NHL.com.
"For the first time, all 30 clubs made a commitment to NHL fans to have a block of single-game tickets on sale on the same day so that every fan will have an opportunity to purchase tickets to see their favorite team, even in markets where tickets can be difficult to obtain," said NHL Enterprises President Ed Horne.
The NHL is supporting the league-wide single game on-sale date with national ads in today's USA Today and Friday's Globe and Mail. These print ads provide a sneak preview of the NHL's comprehensive relaunch multimedia campaign. The first of five vignettes will be unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 21 at an exclusive event to celebrate the start of the 2005-06 season in New York.