GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – With seven of their other eight games coming against Pacific Division opponents, the Coyotes knew they needed to make a statement against the Calgary Flames as they started a crucial stretch against competitors different.
Darcy Kuemper, Coyotes target goalkeeper, ensured that this statement was delivered.
As well as stopping 37 shots in a 3-0 closing peak for the Coyotes on Saturday, Kuemper inspired a brawl against the Flames in which he made an ice fight.
Johnny Gaudreau continues forward with a cross-checker Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers to the ice after Demers has progressed Gaudreau previously. Once Demers was down, Gaudreau and teammate Matthew Tkachuk started joking at Demers as the play continued.
"I thought Johnny could be like a small angle or a small late strike," Tkachuk said after the game. "And then (Johnny), I think it's cross-check it back. I didn't even see the playback."
Kuemper had nothing to do and jumped out of his knock to put Tkachuk into a head and eventually put him on his feet before he went on the ice.
This sort of hullabaloo started between all the players on the ice. Tkachuk got free from Kuemper and seems to have tried to see everything in a picture, including the childhood friend and song Coyotes Clayton Keller.
Eventually, Kuemper and Tkachuk got back together and started throwing punches, and Tkachuk landed a couple of the Coyotes backers and sent him to the ice.
“I just wanted to end (Tkachuk) as (Demers),” said Kuemper. “I didn't think it would rise. It happens, a little fun and then we managed to return to work. ”
The eight minute Flames of penalties would be assessed, and the Coyotes will be assessed by six. Kuemper and Tkachuk had four minutes. The crowd wore the name of Kuemper as he returned to the hostel.
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Demers do not seem to agree with Tkachuk's opinion that despite the demeaning nature of Gaudreau, he did decorate the cross-check, saying he was worried that he would take a puck on the face if he got up from the front hit.
"I didn't feel like eating it in the face," Demers said. "It was quite crazy (Tkachuk) but the kind of game you get when you play these guys. Very tension is there, a great atmosphere is amazing.
"It was nice that my security guard would then return: Darcy."
Coyotes head coach, Rick Tocchet, who was involved with a large number of brawls agreed as a player, that the game was "exciting for the fans."
However, the smaller adventure was like a brawl and more like a message.
The Coyotes were not happy with their overtime loss on 5 November in Calgary – where Tkachuk scored twice, including the overtime winner – and felt that he had to be taken home after leaving their two previous games. at the Gila River Arena.
There was some further inspiration in the form of Leighton Accardo, 8 years old, a cancer patient who took the opening opening from Coyotes captain, Oliver Ekman-Larsson as part of the club's Hockey Cancer businesses.
And they had some revival play in the protective zone, led to prohibited shots on high 24 in the win. Derek Stepan and Carl Soderberg met with Coyotes both for achieving goals against Flate goaltender David Rittich.
"One day at a time, however," said Stepan. "I know it's the worst thing to say and I know you understand it. It's true, but we love this one, regroup ourselves and get ready for Monday. that's our season and what we're living there. "