GLENDALE, Ariz. Alex Pietrangelo Blues Jersey . - The Phoenix Coyotes have matched their best start in a dozen years, have one of the NHLs highest-scoring offences, and have shown that no lead is safe. Coach Dave Tippett still isnt happy with the way his team is playing. The goals and wins? Any coach will take those, even a defensive-minded one like Tippett. Its everything else that he is concerned about. "Dont get me wrong. I like winning," he said after the Coyotes beat Edmonton 5-4 on Saturday. "Any time you win, you should have a smile on your face. But what I look at is how were going to win long term. There is just some things in our game that are going to have to improve if were going to win long term." The way the Coyotes won in the past was by playing steady at the blue line and capitalizing when offensive chances came. Thats been Tippetts philosophy since he became a head coach, and what helped Phoenix reach the playoffs three of four years, including a trip to the Western Conference finals in 2011, that it played without an owner. The Coyotes figured to be better offensively this season with the addition of Mike Ribeiro — the top-line centre they had coveted for so long — and have been the first month of the season. Phoenix scored 40 goals in its first 12 games, which was tied for second in the NHL before Sundays games. Because of the scoring, the Coyotes have opened the season 7-3-2 with 16 points, matching the 2009-10 season for best start in the past 12 years. Phoenix has been particularly good at home, earning nine of 10 points. But for the Coyotes to sustain this pace, they will need to tighten up in their own end. Giving up too many good chances and turnovers inside their blue line, the Coyotes have allowed 39 goals, second most in the NHL. Some of it has been coverage, but goalie Mike Smith also has had some shaky moments in the early part of the season, giving up a few soft goals and too many rebounds. Smith, who signed a six-year, $34 million contract to stay in the desert, is 37th in the NHL with a save percentage of .903. He was pulled in a loss to Los Angeles on Thursday after giving up four goals in the first period. "Weve got to be a little better down there," defenceman Keith Yandle said. The Coyotes have shown flashes of their shutdown ability this season, including a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers in the season opener and a 2-1 victory at Philadelphia. The problem is, there have been too many loose games in which Phoenix has either been blown out or had to rally from multiple-goal deficits. Two of the blowouts came at the start of a five-game road trip, when the Coyotes lost 4-1 to San Jose and 6-1 to the Islanders. After a string of solid defensive games, Phoenix came out flat in its own end against the Kings, giving up the four goals in the first period and three more after rallying to tie it. Against Edmonton, the Coyotes allowed the Oilers to rally from a two-goal deficit to take the lead before scoring two goals in the third period to pull out the win. "Our game is not in very good shape," Tippett said. It has certainly been entertaining. Thanks to their newfound, freewheeling style, the Coyotes have filled their schedule with high-scoring games, comebacks and exciting victories. Ribeiro has been one of the catalysts, using his craftiness to score goals and set up his teammates while breathing life into what had once been a stagnant power play. He had a seven-game point streak after a slow start to the season and is tied for the team lead with five goals. Big-bodied Martin Hanzal has been a force in the early part of the season, using his rugged style of play to get in front of the net. A steady two-way player, he has 11 points in 12 games and three goals the past two games. Phoenixs defencemen have chipped in, as well. The Coyotes blue-liners have always been good at jumping into the play, particularly Yandle, and four defencemen scored against the Oilers. That hadnt happened since the franchise moved to the Valley of the Sun in 1996. Thats all great, but Tippett wants more substance to go with some of the flash. "You can be a fun team, but if youre going to just go out there and give away chances and give away four or five goals a night, then you might be entertaining but you wont be winning," Tippett said. Its been working for the Coyotes, so far, but usually doesnt in the long run, which is why Tippett is concerned. Doug Gilmour Blues Jersey . -- Jaye Marie Green shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to increase her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Tours qualifying tournament. Jori Lehtera Jersey . The Masters champion and winner of last weeks Australian PGA has a three-round total of 14-under 199 at Royal Melbourne. "Im in a really good position for tomorrow," Scott said. http://www.jerseynhlblueshockey.com/sha ... ey-jersey/
. -- Patrick Reed got an early start in golf. VANCOUVER -- Tyler Benson did not want to be a special case. So the WHLs top 2013 bantam draft pick will wait a season before joining the Vancouver Giants on a permanent basis. Canadian major junior rules require a player to be at least 16 before joining a team in the WHL, QMJHL or OHL full-time. Exceptions are made in cases of players with rare talent after teams, in conjunction with parents, make special-status applications. "We didnt really think about it," said Benson, 15, who signed a WHL player contract with the Giants on Tuesday and was introduced to Vancouver media. "People asked me if I was (going to), but our family decided I need to still play midget and stay home for another year." Benson will play midget in his hometown of Edmonton next season. Former and current OHLers John Tavares, now an NHL most valuable player candidate with the New York Islanders, Connor McDavid and defenceman Sean Day have played in the league as 15-year-olds. In 2012-13, Benson broke an Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League single-season points record as he produced 57 goals and 89 assists in only 33 games with the South Side Athletic Clubs Southgate Lions in Edmonton. The Lions won Alberta and Western Canadian championships. He broke the AMBHL record for the most points in a season tallying 146 points (57 goals, 89 assists) in 33 games. He broke the previous mark of 131 points set by Portland Winter Hawks sniper Ty Rattie in 2007-08, when he was with a club based in Airdrie, Alta. The gaudy numbers surpassed had many observers wondering whether he would try to move up to major junior early. But Giants general manager Scott Bonner said Benson has made the right decision. "(Players) should stay at home at 15," said Bonner. "They dont have to rush here. Sixteen is more than young enough to play at our level. Theyre going to have a two (or) three-year window. In (Bensons) case, if he develops, hell be here for a couple seasons and then move on to pro." By staying home, Bonner added, Benson can possibly grow an inch or two, put on 10 pounds and "just be a kid." He can also benefit from playing for the South Side Athletic Club, a very good organization, in such events as the Macs major midget tournament in Calgary. "That midget year is a very influential year in your life," said Bonner, a former WHL player. "Id love to see him play if hes ready, but I dont make that decision," said Vancouver coach Don Hay. "Theres a lot of things that go into that decision." When Benson does join the Giantts, Bonner expects him to be a building block for a Giants squad that hopes to host the 2016 Memorial Cup, pending the result of its application to the WHL later this year. Paul Stastny Jersey. "Ive watched him play probably close to 20 times this year, and he was consistent every game," said Bonner. "He works hard. Obviously, his stats speak for themselves, but his attitude is second to none." The GM likened Bensons hard, physical style to former Giant Brendan Gallagher, who excelled in his rookie season with the Montreal Canadiens and is in the running for NHL rookie of the year honours. "Obviously, (Gallagher) didnt have (Bensons) size," said Bonner. "But I found (Benson) played the game with a level of enthusiasm that was unmatched. And to break a guy like Ty Ratties longstanding record is impressive." Bonner said Benson will still play some games with the Giants this season. He is eligible to play at least five games during the regular season and can join the Giants full-time after his midget season concludes. The WHL club can also call him up if players are away at the world junior tournament, and those games will not count against the five-game limit. "Id like to play a few games," said Benson. "Its up to our owners and coaches, I guess." He will also attend Vancouvers training camp and play exhibition games. Bonner said coaches might regret the decision not to have him play the full-season, but the GM noted the careers of NHL stars like Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan, and Brendan Gallagher were not harmed by playing an extra year of midget. "In time, you get there," said Bonner. Meanwhile, the Giants announced that entertainment manager Bruce Allen has become a part owner. Allen represents such Canadian music stars as Bryan Adams, Martina McBride, Anne Murray, Jann Arden and Michael Buble, who is also a Giants minority owner. Allen has also organized a number of events. Majority owner Ron Toigo said the club will get Allen to assist with its bids to host 2016 Memorial Cup and a future world junior tournament. "Its all about entertainment, and theres no better guy in the entertainment business than Bruce Allen," said Toigo. Notes--The Giants other owners include hockey icons Gordie Howe and Pat Quinn, chartered accountant Sultan Thiara, and Lewis Buble, the pop singers father. ... Vancouvers other 2013 first-round choice, defenceman Matt Barberis of Surrey, B.C., and rearguard Ryely McKinstry of Calgary, a second-round choice, also signed WHL contracts Tuesday. Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '