Thoughts From Coyotes/Canucks….And Of Course, The CatsShareThis
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So for whatever reason – whatever annoying reason, that is – YouTube periodically won’t let me upload videos I take on my phone. Other times, it takes ten seconds and it’s a snap. Twice I’ve had wicked cat videos that they’ve denied: one, Tyson “greeting” his new bro with vicious hisses, and two, just now, he basically put Jiggs in a headlock to clean him. I’ll try again later.
Instead, I only got this, the nice video. They really are bestest buds.
…..okay, now it won’t embed. Eff it, go look at it here: Tyson cleaning Jiggs
It’s cute, but it’s not reality. They usually play rough. It’s usually a flurry of white rabbity fur around Tyson’s head, who takes it for about 30 seconds before begrudgingly kicking the snot out of the little warrior. It’s usually something more….like….this:
So I went to the Canucks / Coyotes contest here in Phoenix yesterday, my thoughts:
*To say the crowd was 50% pro-Canucks might be an understatement. If there weren’t more of them, they were louder. They chanted Luuuuu, sang the anthem loud and proud, and even the damn green men showed up in full effect.
*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is going to be a top-10 defenseman in the NHL someday. The kid is what, 19? It says he’s 6’2″ (looked taller), and as I tweeted ever-so-homoerotically, he skates like a dream and handles the puck even better. Goodness.
*Bissonnette skates better than he did when I played against him in Wilkes-Barre, by leaps and bounds. I’d even go as far as to say he’s a good skater at the NHL level. In general, he’s actually not a bad player, I had let his self-deprecation get to my head.
*The Sedins pass the puck really, really well. Constantly fit it into areas that were no bigger than a stick blade.
*Kesler is a monster of a dude. He’ll be an absolute menace to play against in playoffs.
*Also as I tweeted, Cody Hodgson skates a little wide. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but he doesn’t bring his skates all the way back under his body, which makes for a shorter, less efficient stride. Mason Raymond? He comes wayyy across his own center-line.
*I’d have pulled Bryz after the Hodgson goal. Brutal in a 2-0 game to let a puck go in not all that hard and halfway up the net. I think he expected a better shot and was bringing his glove up for a quick one, but it was a change-up. Still, gotta yank him there.
*Yandle is as good as I remembered, good, hard, smart outlet passes all night.
*The Coyotes looked poor, but only because the best team in the NHL looked really good. Phoenix just isn’t quite on that level, as disciplined as they tend to play.
Anyone else go last night? What’d you think?