It’s playoff time in the National Hockey League (NHL) and Glendale’s local hockey team, the Phoenix Coyotes, are making a push to get that Stanley Cup that they have not been able to win yet. The Coyotes started the playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks who were the 2010 Champions of hockey. If the Coyotes happen to win the seven game series against Chicago, it will mark the first time since the Coyotes moved to Arizona from Winnipeg that they have advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
In game one, the Coyotes outscored the Blackhawks in an overtime game to win with the score of 3-2. With 9:29 left in the overtime period Coyotes Center Martin Hanzal had deflected a shot by Adrian Aucoin to give the Coyotes the 3-2 win. With the win in game one the Coyotes take the series lead 1-0, which is something that they often do not do when in the playoffs. After the victory on Thursday April 12th the Coyotes had to get some rest knowing they were going to have a grueling game two coming up.
On Saturday April 14th the Coyotes faced off in game two with hopes of taking a strong series lead 2-0, but unfortunately they ended up suffering a 4-3 loss in yet another overtime game. The Coyotes were up 3-2 on the verge of taking a 2-0 lead, when Blackhawks player Patrick Sharp tipped in a goal with 5.5 seconds left in the third period to send the game to a second consecutive overtime. In the overtime period Blackhawks player Brian Bickell scored with 10:36 left in overtime.
Heading to Chicago the Coyotes knew they needed to grab one of the next two games to stay in the series. With the Blackhawks scoring 1st, it wasn’t until the middle of the third period when the Coyotes got on the board to tie the game at 1-1. Then the Blackhawks took at 2-1 lead in the game and then 32 seconds later the Coyotes tied the game to send it to overtime. The Coyotes Mikkel Boedker made a shot through the goalie’s legs to win the game with 13:15 left in the overtime period.
When the Coyotes return from Chicago to play game five on Saturday April 21st 2012, I think everyone in the city of Glendale and maybe even the state of Arizona should get out and cheer on the Coyotes. There is more to whats at stake than just advancing to the next round of the playoffs, and that is the fact that the Coyotes may not be playing here in Arizona or Glendale anymore. The team is still looking for a buyer and if nobody wants to purchase the team and keep them here in Glendale then I do believe there will be another suitor for the team and that can mean that they will be moved to another city or even country.
So in order for the Coyotes to show and prove to any potential buyers that they do belong here in Glendale, they should win this series against Chicago. If the Coyotes are packed up and shipped out of Glendale it will have a major effect on the Glendale economy, because now there will not be any team to play in the huge multi-million dollar stadium which will eventually cost the tax payers money just to keep the maintenance up on the stadium.