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Coyotes take foot off gas and lose 3-2 late

October 14, 2007, 2:13 AM ET [ Comments]

With a 2-1 lead midway through the 3rd period and 2 points staring the NHL's youngest team in the forehead, they took their foot off the gas and let Minnesota back in the game, and then out of the rink with an improbable victory.

Rookie Daniel Carcillo scored 2 goals in the 1st period, while Marion Gaborik replied for the undefeated Wild. No scoring in the 2nd frame.

The Wild went on the PP and tied the game up at 2-2 with a Mikko Koivu PPG off a nifty feed from Pavel Dimitra from in tight quarters. Koivu slid it past Alex Auld on the far side.

Momentum should have changed when the Yotes went on the PP, but it was as sloppy as you could get as they showed no urgency in any zone and turned the puck over a number of times before Eric Belanger took advantage and scored on a rebound after Auld made a good 1st save.

The game ended 3-2 Wild as they head to Anaheim, with their mothers in tow, to continue their 4 game road swing after 3 straight on home ice to begin the season. The Wild have had father/son trips in teh past, but this year its the mom's with their son's. During the game on our broadcast on AZ TV, our reporter Todd Walsh interviewed Derek Boogaard's mother Joanne when the score was 2-1 Coyotes. She told Walsh, "Don't worry, we'll come back and win this one!" Yikes.

After the game, Wayne Gretzky spoke of their lack of discipline as the Wild had 7 PP's. Gretzky has stressed the need for discipline, pointing to 6 or fewer penalties per game. Heading into this game the Coyotes were averaging 15.0 min per game, ranking them 20th in the NHL. They have to learn that its all about effort and focus in this league, with no easy wins out there. They let this slip away, no doubt.

The coaches in this game combined for a whopping 24 Stanley Cup rings, and that isn't including Rick Tocchet, whose spot on the bench is being saved, pending word from the NHL. Look for Rick and the NHL to meet sometime next week in N.Y. Tocchet has missed 112 games since that Feb.9th day of 2006. That's enough time lost, isn't it?

Congrats to Shane Doan, Jerome Iginla, Darryl Sydor and Mark Recchi as they take over the ownership of their Junior Team, the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL. it should be approved shortly.

Just got through texting the Coyotes #1 pick (3rd overall) Kyle Turris as he begins his freshman season in Wisconsin. They are playing a tournament in the Lefty McFadden Invitational in Ohio and in his 1st 2 College games, he has 2-2-4 and he hit a crossbar as well. He is having fun playing for Mike Eaves and should tear up the Collegiate ranks.

The Coyotes top pick in 2004, Blake Wheeler, has 2 goals in 2 games for the Minnesota Gophers, so the up and comers are developing nicely!

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