The Phoenix Coyotes season was swept out from under them in game 4 after their 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. With this loss, the Coyotes season ened but the questions regarding their future in Glendale continued.
The same issues that plagued the Coyotes in games 1, 2, and 3 continued in game 4. Ilya Bryzgalov played a bad game, letting in the game winning and insurance goal late in the third period from shots that came from behind the net. The Coyotes still could not string together a full game, as their first 2 periods were good, but an awful third period sent the Coyotes packing. Last year the Coyotes were eliminated by Detroit in 7 games, and the feeling was optimistic. This year after the 4-game sweep, the feeling is defeated and downtrodden. The Coyotes enter the offseason with no clear goal, and no clear home.
Not only do the Coyotes have to put this horrific series out of their minds and move forward, but they have to do so amidst their ownership drama. It will be nearly impossible for the Coyotes to attract any significant free-agents due to their ownership woes because the team doesn’t even know where they will be playing next year. If the Coyotes had made a deep playoff run, or even made it to the second round, they would have had a better chance of staying. However, with this sweep it seems imminent that the team will leave for Winnepeg.
The Coyotes season has left a sour taste in the mouth of players and fans alike. Now all eyes turn from the ice to the board room, where the fate of Coyotes hockey will be decided.