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Coyotes try to make it two straight over Ducks

Monday, 03.04.2013 / 1:04 PM

By Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After a very wild, sloppy and spirited game Saturday that featured four ties, several tussles, lots of trash talk and a shootout, the Phoenix Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks will play the second of three straight games against each other tonight at Jobing.com Arena.

The Coyotes prevailed Saturday for a 5-4 shootout win, with Steve Sullivan tying the game with 6:29 left in regulation and securing the extra point with the only goal of the shootout. The Ducks were playing back-to-back nights and for the fifth time in seven days, so the Coyotes are expecting an even bigger push from one of the NHL's elite teams tonight.

The teams meet again Wednesday in Anaheim.

"It's a little like a playoffs series," Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski said. "And you know they will have some rest and come back hard. We have to be ready."

Still without forwards Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata, the Coyotes used a pair of goals from Korpikoski and one each from Matthew Lombardi and Sullivan. Now they have to find a way to slow down Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano, who has made Jobing.com his own in the last three visits to Glendale.

Colgilano had stacked up six goals and eight points in those games including the only two hat tricks of his career. The second one came Saturday night, when he scored the first three Anaheim goals.

No changes for the Coyotes on Monday night. Phoenix goalie Mike Smith gets the start. It will be his 15th straight game between the pipes.

Mikkel BoedkerAntoine VermetteSteve Sullivan

Raffi TorresMatt LombardiShane Doan

Lauri KorpikoskiBoyd GordonDavid Moss

Paul BissonnetteKyle ChipchuraNick Johnson

Keith YandleDerek Morris

Zbynek MichalekOliver Ekman-Larsson

Michael StoneRostislav Klesla

Mike Smith

Jason LaBarbera

Scratches: David Rundblad, Chris Summers, Chris Brown, Rob Klinkhammer

Injured: Martin Hanzal (upper body), Derek Morris, David Schlemko (shoulder), Radim Vrbata (lower body)

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery