Let’s face it, ya gotta get up pretty early in the morning to beat a goalie like Pekka Rinne. But with simple, relatively mistake free hockey; the Coyotes were able to do just that. Facing Pekker, er, I mean Pekka was none other than the Valley’s new and now hottest net minder, Chad “TresUno” Johnson. (Who?)
Now, this writer doesn’t know much about Johnsons, having never had one, and now we’ve got not one, but two hot Johnsons? Well, it seems that this was all the team needed. A little more help from their Johnsons and just like that Coyotes fans are waking up with a smile on their faces and a “W” in the win column.
The first Johnson, Nick, gave the puck “just the tip” off a Yandle shot and managed to slip one past Rinne in the first three minutes of the first period. If you follow me, you know my sweet disposition is oft ruined by a boneheaded Yandle misstep so this was something to ponder. What happened to the Turnover King? Had he finally found his game? That question was answered later when Yandle would pump in his own beauty in the third period. Also in the third, Yandle gave Johnson a hand so that he could score too. So in order to have a happy productive Yandle, it looks like he just needs to play with a couple of Johnsons.
Okay, let’s get serious now ‘cause once I announced that this was going to be a PG-13 column, all my devoted minions not only stole my best lines but made up quite a few that were even better….
Johnson only faced 21 shots so this was a strong showing for our spotty defense. We led in blocked shots, played disciplined enough to only allow one turnover (thanks, Yandle) and limited our time on the PK. In the collection of games prior, the Yotes had allowed 20 goals, so hopefully the defense corps is starting to find their rhythm and they can carry that forward when they face the Oilers Wednesday.
Now if you’re superstitious, as most hockey folks are, you know that you never sit a hot goalie. And if you’ve followed the team as I have, you know Tip rewards success. So, if Smitty remains out due to injury, LaBarbera may find himself on a cold bus to Portland in the near future. In any case, it's good to know that we have a Johnson at the ready should we ever need to play with him...ummm, I mean play him.
Okay, carry on. I think I've beaten this Johnson thing quite enough.