“We knew what we wanted to do going into overtime — win and we had Phoenix, a loss and we would have Vancouver. So it’s nice to finish the regular season off with a win.”---Henrik Zetterberg
Thanks to Miss St. James of the Free Press for that one. Can't you see it now, on the bench between the third period and overtime....
Babcock: Alright, boys. LA beat Denver in OT today, so we need this one to play Winnipeg.
Lidstrom: Phoenix, Babs.
Babcock: Whatever...the team that Bettman runs.
Holmstrom: You, for sure, want me blocking of goalie with butt and stick?
Babcock: **shakes head** Z, you start.
Detroit knew who the weaker opponent was going into overtime and they went out and earned the right to play against the Coyotes. Did you hear that, Phoenix? We did what he had to do because we wanted to play you.
Here's how the season series went:
Oct. 22 at Phoenix
L, 3-2 OT
Dec. 14 at Detroit
Jan. 2 at Phoenix
Jan. 26 at Detroit
L, 5-4 OT
So Detroit took 6 out of a possible 8 points from Phoenix. The Coyotes walked away with 4 points. Any Alex Burrows-type want to step in and cite the fact that Phoenix won the last time they were our building? Since you know...that's all that really matters. I didn't think so.
All kidding aside about the White Out and Phoenix fans in general...Phoenix fans suck. Dead last in attendance this year. I just want to make sure that I reiterated that. I personally don't buy into the whole "once they start winning, they'll come". Because this...
...is what that arena looked like at times this year, even though the team spent pretty much the entire season in the top 8 in the West. Sure they sold-out on opening night, and of course, they sold out when the Wings came to town. But any rallying cry made by a blog to this fan base is likely falling on deaf ears.
***UPDATED 3:15 PM***
NOHS regular Jeff Michalak noticed the "lonely banner" hanging from the rafters at Jobbing.com Arena. I couldn't obviously make it out with the picture this size...and since Phoenix has never won anything, I decided to blow the image up and this is what I found...
Any one of you poor displaced souls in Arizona want to tell us what the heck that is?