Multiple TV crews greeted the Coyotes upon the team’s arrival back at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix on Sunday night after the season-saving 5-2 victory over the Red Wings a few hours earlier at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
It was nice to see the team get such attention. The players really deserve it.Shane Doan
and Adrian Aucoin
gave interviews in the parking lot. Doan was asked to speak about how proud he was of his teammates and their victory without him on Sunday in a must-win game.
"You can't say enough about them," Doan said. "They played incredible and it was a huge effort for us."
He added, "I want to play in every single game and I would have loved to have been able to, but you know what, when I get to (play again), I'll be ready."
Asked what the chances are that he will play in Game 7 on Tuesday, Doan gave a familiar answer:
"It's kind of day-to-day," he said. "We'll see. I hope to be back, but at the same time they (the coaches) will do what's best for the team and whatever is best for the team is the most important... I would enjoy playing. It's Game 7."
• The Coyotes have played only two other Game 7s in the playoffs since moving to Phoenix in 1996, and lost both – 3-0 at Anaheim in 1997 and 1-0 in overtime to St. Louis in 1999 on home ice. I’m curious to see the atmosphere in Glendale on Tuesday night. Given the opponent, I’m expecting it to be the most intense and electric atmosphere at a Coyotes game since the team hit town 14 years ago.
• Forward Taylor Pyatt
played a huge role in Sunday’s win. If you watch all the power-play goals that Phoenix scored, he’s parked right there in front of Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.
"I thought he was excellent," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We've been tinkering around with different people on (the power play). I thought he did a great job in front of the net."
• Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was voted the game’s No. 1 star. He deserved it for his play in the first five minutes alone. Brzygalov, who took the team’s 4-1 loss in Game 5 extremely hard, made many key saves while the Coyotes were killing penalties for six minutes early in the first period. Had Detroit scored on one or more of those power plays, I’m guessing there’s no Game 7 on Tuesday.
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