West Seneca's Lee Stempniak, who entered the game with no goals, posted his first career hat trick Thursday night for the Phoenix Coyotes in a 4-2 win over Los Angeles. One problem: There was basically nobody in Jobing.com Arena to see it. Announced attendance was 6,706 although estimates from Arizona media was in the 2,500-3,000 range. Arizona Republic reporter Sarah McLellan tweeted this picture -- and it's not during warmups. It's from the second period.
Memo to Gary Bettman: Why all the effort to keep a team in a town that doesn't care? Same with Atlanta and Florida.