It was nice to see a game that should have been a laugher actually turn out to be a laugher. It was a night where the fourth line could play extended minutes and build confidence, with both Derek Ryan and Kostin finding the back of the net.
“I think it was important for us to come out and have a full 60,” said Ryan. “Especially that third period, we were up by a little going into it, and we came out with a mature, professional period where we didn’t let our feet off the gas.”
“We knew they are a work-based team, and we needed to have the mentality that we had to outwork them early,” said two-goal man Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “I thought we did a pretty good job of that.”
The Coyotes have been on the road for more than a month. This was their 14th road game of the trip. So, on top of not having star power in their lineup, they were also dog-tired. We understand that the franchise is in an unusual situation, being evicted from their arena, forced to find a temporary home and then needing to be away from Mullett Arena while work is being done there. But, it gets to the point where the comedy becomes a tragedy.
“I’ve never been on a road trip for 30 days, I can imagine it’s pretty tough,” said Ryan.
So tough, in fact, that you can’t believe it would happen in a professional league.
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