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11-17-2012, 12:36 PM
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Phoenix unable to gain ground on Nashville or Vancouver


Martin Hanzal, with 3 goals, was the only bright spot on the team this section

This was a big section heading into the all star break for the Coyotes. Their young star Jordan Eberle was out with a pulled groin, they were a few points back of a playoff spot, heading up the ranks, with Vancouver, a team they would need to pass, on the schedule.

They started off strong, but went 0-1-1 against Colorado in a home and home and lost to Minnesota in a shootout after being down 3-0. Vancouver was their statement game.

They floundered. Being outshot 8-2 in the third period the Canucks took control of the Coyotes and took a 2-0 lead after poor defensive choices by young duo Yandle and Ekman-Larsson.

“They spun around and did ****ing ballerina moves as the puck was going the opposite way!” Said Tippet of their performance. “It was like they were victim of some crappy game mechanic or something.”

The team is now 3 points behind 9th place Vancouver, and 6 out of a playoff spot with less than 30 games to play.

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