Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/28/12

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24: Head coach Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes speaks during a press conference at Jobing.com Arena on September 24, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes coach Dave Tippett insists his clubs postseason formula is one he never drew up. "Im not a big fan of the rope-a-dope thing, he said. Id like to see us compete harder and make better plays." So would goalie Mike Smith. Hes stopped more rubber than a Goodyear quality-control tech. Then again, its hard to complain about the final product. Maybe its a gift from the hockey gods after 15 years of playoff misery. Maybe Smith is just on one of those historic runs that alters all expected outcomes. Whatever the cause, the cardiac Coyotes found a method to manufacture another win Friday night when the naked eye saw no way. With his team being outshot 25-6 through 35 minutes of the third period and overtime, center Martin Hanzal won a rare face-off in the Nashville end and chipped the puck over to a waiting Ray Whitney, and Whitney pushed it past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne for a 4-3 overtime win and a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. The way thi...
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