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Coyotes: André Tourigny’s team is very impressive


If the Stanley Cup playoffs started today, the Arizona Coyotes would be in the game, to the immense surprise of observers, and many are wondering how head coach André Tourigny helped his team achieve a sequence out of the ordinary.

On Monday, the “Yotes” scored five goals in the first period to crush the Washington Capitals 6 to 0. At the same time, they signed a fifth victory in a row: all the victories included in this successful series were acquired at the expense of the last five teams to have lifted the trophy. And here they are in the position of a drafted club in the Western Association of the National Hockey League.

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Among the factors explaining this success, the trio made up of Nick Schmaltz – author of a double against the “Caps” – Logan Cooley and Clayton Keller is excelling these days. The three men totaled six points on Monday. The former has scored in his last three contests, while Keller has collected five assists during the same period.

“They find their way. In my opinion, they are improving with each game, observed Tourigny, as reported by the site NHL.com, while praising Keller, the club’s leader with his 24 points in 2023-2024. He plays for the team and doesn’t necessarily try to go for the breakaway. He is effective defensively and ends the opponent’s games.

It’s the party

Moreover, the atmosphere remains healthy within organizations that achieve success and it is no different in Arizona, even if the Coyotes perform in front of small crowds at Mullett Arena, an infrastructure of a few thousand seats also serving home to the Arizona State Sun Devils.

“Everything is fun when you win. We have fun times working for each other. We blocked shots when it was 6-0. We wanted to do it for (goalie Connor Ingram). He deserved his shutout,” added Schmaltz.

“You’re on a similar streak and that’s what people want to see or hear,” added Ingram, who boasts 11 wins against three losses, as well as a .930 save percentage this season. It’s fun to play here and people get on board with it.”

The Philadelphia Flyers will be the next visitors to Tempe on Thursday.



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