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With Smith, Klesla injured, Coyotes call up Johnson, Rundblad

Thursday, 01.24.2013 / 5:26 PM

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With Smith, Klesla injured, Coyotes call up Johnson, Rundblad

The Phoenix Coyotes have recalled goaltender Chad Johnson and defenseman David Rundblad from Portland of the American Hockey League.

Johnson was an emergency recall. Goaltender Mike Smith left Phoenix's game Wednesday night with what the team called a lower-body injury, and Jason Labarbera finished the Coyotes' 5-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"Basically we caught it very early," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett told Fox Sports Arizona's Todd Walsh. "Hopefully it's nothing that lingers on too long."

Johnson has six games of NHL experience with the New York Rangers, and is 14-8-0 with a 2.80 goals against average and .912 save percentage this season for Portland in the AHL.

Rundblad has appeared in one of Phoenix's three games this season. A first-round pick in 2009, Rundblad was the return for Kyle Turris in a trade with Ottawa during last season.

He is back with the team because Rostislav Klesla is out with a lower-body injury.

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We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

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