Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith lowered into a crouch as the odd-man rush developed in front of him.
The puck went to the left wing and he followed, lodging his skate against the post. A one-touch pass sent the puck across the front of Smith's crease and he slid over in a flash, whipping his right leg out for a sprawling pad save, setting off a collective `Oh!' from fans lining the glass behind him.
NHL players on the ice, competing hard, fans cheering them on - it almost felt like a real game.
Of course, it was only a scrimmage in front of a couple hundred people at the Coyotes' practice facility, but as the NHL lockout drags on, fans - and the players - will take anything they can get.
''This is awesome,'' said Jane Pittet of Scottsdale, who left work to catch Thursday's workout at the Ice Den. ''I wish it were the real thing, but this is fun to watch.''
The Phoenix Coyotes have been holding informal workouts at their practice rink since the NHL lockout started and this wee...