Sunday, April 18, 2010

Speaking of Petr Prucha. . .

He nets an assist on the franchise record quickest goal in playoff history 29 seconds in, plays on fire all night, and, oh yeah, scores the game winning goal - as the Coyotes beat Detroit in Game 3 of their best of 7 series. He was named #1 Star of the Game!


Here are some photos. And a link to a great article on Get the Hankies out. (Again, not Lundqvist here).

"I finally have my spot in the lineup," said Prucha, who had 30 goals for New York in 2005-06 and 22 the following season before falling out of favor with the coaching staff. "It's always good to feel that you're important for the team and you can make something on the ice. I feel great."

"That was huge," Prucha said. "First shift, we had a 1-0 lead so we calmed down a little bit and took the momentum from them. We just kept going."

"That line, they compete hard, they do good things with the puck," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "When they chip in with some goals, that's really a bonus. They play against top players all the time. They're a group that really works well together."

"He's been a very good player for us all year," Tippett said. "I thought the last couple of weeks of the (regular) season and the first three games of the playoffs, he's been very good. Great work ethic. He's relentless on the puck, and that's what we need from that whole group."

"It's great for our confidence," Prucha said. "They stole one game from us in our house, and now we were able to do it in their house and we still have one more opportunity to do it one more time."

Confidence, right? All about a little confidence. =) *Oh and you are always a Star to us, Pete!

Go Yotes Go!


Amy Jo said...

PRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU! <3 I'm so excited that he's happy here and his Czechs love him. The fans love him. Everyone loves him, especially the coaches.

Kerri said...


Oh, Kels, if that wasn't the greatest moment of your Prucha-loving life, I don't know what was.

He had a great game. The whole team had a good game, but Prucha shone, just like we always knew he could. There was a reason for those post-practice rants on how unfair it was for Prucha to be a healthy scratch! There was a reason for our tears after the trade! We knew what he brought to the table, game in and game out.

He can be a game-changer. He can be everything to a team that needs a spark.

Even though I miss him as a Ranger and I will always miss him as a Ranger, when he scored that goal, I have never been so OK or so happy that he is a Phoenix Coyote.