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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Radim Vrbata scored three goals, Mike Smith stopped 23 shots, and the Phoenix Coyotes opened their first season with an owner in four years by routing the New York Rangers 4-1 on Thursday night.
With NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the club's new owners in attendance, the Coyotes turned a tight game into a one-sided contest behind Vrbata's second straight hat trick -- dating to last season -- and fifth of his career.
Kyle Chipchura also scored, Martin Hanzal had two assists and Smith made some tough saves on a pair of early penalty kills, including one from his stomach on a shot by Benoit Pouliot.
Marc Staal scored a power-play goal for the short-handed Rangers in their first game under new coach Alain Vigneault.
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Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata will not receive a contract extension before the team's season opener tonight, sources confirmed late Wednesday.
Vrbata has been the club's most consistent scoring threat over the past four seasons, notching 90 goals despite missing 14 games of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season with a fracture in his foot.
He said in early September that he...
Radim Vrbata scored three goals, Mike Smith stopped 23 shots, and the Phoenix Coyotes opened their first season with an owner in four years by routing the New York Rangers 4-1 on Thursday night.
With NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the club's new owners in attendance, the Coyotes turned a tight game into a one-sided contest behind Vrbata's second straight hat trick - dating...
Phoenix Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss has officially won the award for the creepiest goalie mask in the NHL. I’m not sure the reasoning behind having this demonic creature on his mask, but if the purpose is to scare opponents, Greiss was successful. [Deadspin]
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The only thing missing Thursday at Jobing.com Arena was a Dave Tippett bobblehead doll. Other than that, the remade Phoenix Coyotes staged a nearly flawless performance, from the ownership group right on down to rookie wing Lucas Lessio.
White T-shirts with the team's new slogan, "Hungrier Than Ever," greeted fans as they took their seats, making...
After being introduced at center ice, the new owners of the Phoenix Coyotes made their way down a red carpet in front of the team bench.
Instead of just walking past and down into the tunnel, they pumped their fists at the players, shouted words of encouragement and slapped hands with anyone who was near the boards.
The enthusiasm carried over onto the ice, sparking a rousing start...
Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Thomas Greiss is all ready for Halloween with this horrifying goalie mask.
Check out Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss's new mask… pic.twitter.com/LNlJSfbyoo
— Dave Vest (@davest4yotes) October 2, 2013
I’m still not sure why he has a Flyers fan painted on his mask.
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from Andrew Gilstrap of ArizonaSports,
One of the Coyotes' new owners described opening day as the culmination of all his work in successfully purchasing the team from the NHL.
"It feels like Christmas morning over here," Anthony LeBlanc told Arizona Sports 620's Doug & Wolf on Thursday. "It's euphoria. We've worked on this (ownership deal...
There was no way that Keith Yandle was coming into this post-skate interview with matted, greasy looking helmet hair. No, he was going to go as far in the other direction as he could. I'm not sure it's entirely possible, but Keith Yandle's hair is violent. Those are some hearty, virile spikes running down his head. It's like the hair a stegasaurus would grow, if...
It’s hockey time. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The roster is set. The tough decisions have been made. Now it’s time for the New York Rangers to take the ice in Phoenix for their first game of the season. The ‘Yotes are an intriguing team, since they don’t really score many goals and rely heavily on defense and goaltending to win games. Dave Tippett is one of...
TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers will begin their 2013-14 regular season against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at Jobing.com Arena (10:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their first of nine straight games on the road. This will be the sixth consecutive season the Blueshirts will open their regular season campaign on the road, and the 12th […]
After losing twice at home in regulation all of last season, the San Jose Sharks are out to prove they're still one of the league's toughest to beat on their own ice.
They might be tested with Radim Vrbata looking to extend his run of hat tricks for the visiting Phoenix Coyotes.
The Sharks will try for their eighth straight home win Saturday night against a Phoenix team...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
“You have to give credit where credit is due,” Vigneault said, the coach praising the Coyotes and goaltender Mike Smith’s puck-handling skills for negating the Blueshirts’ forecheck game. “Their goaltender handles the puck very well but we’re party responsible, too, because we have to put the puck in the corners, which we weren’t...
If the Rangers were going to score one goal in their season opener as they did in Thursday’s 4-1 defeat to the Coyotes it’s probably just as well for their mental condition that it came as it did on the power play.
“I thought we moved the puck well and created some good opportunities” said Marc Staal who got the power-play goal by roofing one from the left circle to beat...