Dave Tippett has a remarkable talent for distilling complex topics into easily understood sound bites. Mondays postgame offering wasnt award-winning oratory from Phoenixs coach, but it could serve as the working title for this soon-to-be-concluded Coyotes campaign.
Season of frustration, said Tippett, who has been as visibly annoyed as anyone by his inability to find solutions.
The Coyotes knew they were up against the wall in Detroit. While unbridled optimists can still count this team among the living in the playoff chase, the Coyotes knew that this game was do or die against a club that is also competing for one of two remaining postseason berths.
The Coyotes played well in the first period, even carrying the play as they outshot the Red Wings 12-4. But an old nemesis, their power play and a new one, their penalty kill -- came back to bite them as Detroit scored two power plays goals while Phoenix failed on its two chances in a 4-0 Red Wings rout.
The first period, I thought we ...