Top-seeded ’11-’12 Coyotes Begin Tournament by Defeating 8th-seeded ’10-’11 Coyotes in Five Games

A tournament made up of entirely Coyotes’ teams is gonna be a low-scoring tournament and this was that, up until Game 5. In Game 1, Ray Whitney scored a goal in the first and second period to give the top-seeded ’11-’12 Coyotes a 2-0 lead going into the third period. However, the 8th-seeded ’10-’11 Coyotes tied the game up by the 7:07 mark of the third. The game went into overtime and just a minute and a half into the overtime period, Lauri Korpikoski scored to give the ’11-’12 Coyotes a 3-2 win. Mike Smith then posted a 26-save shutout performance in Game 2 as they won 4-0. Raffi Torres scored twice and Martin Hanzal posted two assists in the win. Whitney then led the ’11-’12 Coyotes to a 4-2 win in Game 3 with a goal and two assists. Radim Vrbata and defenseman Keith Yandle also registered multi-point games. In Game 4, a goal each from Whitney and Yandle in the second period led the ’10-’11 Coyotes to a 2-1 win to avoid the sweep. The ’11-’12 Coyotes ended the series with a 6-4 win in Game 5 as four different players posted a multi-point game, including a goal and four assists from Whitney and three assists from Kyle Turris.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’10-’11 Coyotes 0 0 2 0 2
’11-’12  Coyotes 1 1 0 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’11-’12 PHX – 3   ’10-’11 PHX – 2   (OT)   (1-0 ’11-’12 PHX)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Ray Whitney (’11-’12 PHX) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   11 S

2nd Star: G – Ilya Bryzgalov (’10-’11 PHX) – OTL   3.00 GAA   .943 SV% (50 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Shane Doan (’10-’11 PHX) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   -1   5 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’10-’11 Coyotes 0 0 0 0
’11-’12  Coyotes 2 2 0 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’11-’12 PHX – 4   ’10-’11 PHX – 0   (2-0 ’11-’12 PHX)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Mike Smith (’11-’12 PHX) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (26 SV’s)

2nd Star: LW – Raffi Torres (’11-’12 PHX) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   2 S

3rd Star: C – Daymond Langkow (’11-’12 PHX) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   5 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’11-’12 Coyotes 1 1 2 4
’10-’11  Coyotes 0 0 2 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’11-’12 PHX – 4   ’10-’11 PHX – 2   (3-0 ’11-’12 PHX)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Ray Whitney (’11-’12 PHX) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   15 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: RW – Radim Vrbata (’11-’12 PHX) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   6 S

3rd Star: G – Mike Smith (’11-’12 PHX) – W   2.00 GAA   .943 SV% (33 SV’s)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’11-’12 Coyotes 0 0 1 1
’10-’11  Coyotes 0 2 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’10-’11 PHX – 2   ’11-’12 PHX – 1   (3-1 ’11-’12 PHX)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Ilya Bryzgalov (’10-’11 PHX) – W   1.00 GAA   .972 SV% (35 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Mike Smith (’11-’12 PHX) – L   2.00 GAA   .955 SV% (42 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Keith Yandle (’10-’11 PHX) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   5 S   2 PIM

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’10-’11 Coyotes 2 0 2 4
’11-’12  Coyotes 1 2 3 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ’11-’12 PHX – 6   ’10-’11 PHX – 4   (4-1 ’11-’12 PHX)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Ray Whitney (’11-’12 PHX) – 1 G   4 A   5 P   +3   7 S

2nd Star: RW – Radim Vrbata (’11-’12 PHX) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   7 S

3rd Star: RW – Shane Doan (’10-’11 PHX) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   Even   6 S

Up next is the 4-5 matchup between the ’96-’97 Coyotes and the ’97-’98 Coyotes!

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