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Coyotes' Smith leaves game with injury

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 11:00 PM / News

By Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Coyotes' Smith leaves game with injury
Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith was forced to leave the game against the New York Rangers on Monday night with an apparent lower-body injury.

NEW YORK -- Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith was forced to leave the game against the New York Rangers on Monday night with a lower-body injury.

With 7:34 remaining in regulation and the Coyotes leading 3-2, Smith favored his right leg and was in obvious discomfort after forward Derick Brassard fell on top of him following a scramble in front of the net.

"He's being evaluated now. We'll see," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "It's early. We don't know anything about it yet."

Making his 12th straight start, Smith has been a stalwart in Phoenix's quest to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Entering the game Monday, Smith had a 27-21-10 record with a 2.65 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in 61 games.

Thomas Greiss finished the game for the Coyotes, who lost 4-3 in overtime. The backup goaltender was already scheduled to start Tuesday night on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Any update on Smith's injury will provide more insight into exactly how long Greiss assumes that starting role.

"He was expected to play tomorrow anyway. That won't change," Tippett said.

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