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Coyotes Regroup After Tough Loss

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE -- No moping. No pouting. No cries of "why us?"

That was the case on Wednesday at the Ice Den in Scottsdale as the Coyotes practiced the day after a heartbreaking loss to Dallas on home ice. The Stars scored a power-play goal with five seconds left to win, 3-2, after the Coyotes had rallied furiously to erase a 2-0 deficit in the third period.

On Wednesday, the Coyotes, who base their approach and mind-set on never getting too high or too low, focused on moving forward.

Lee Stempniak. Photo by Getty Images.
“One of the things we talked about at practice was that we’ve got to rebound,” forward Lee Stempniak said. “It can sort of go two ways. We can sit and sulk and sort of let it just drain us... or else we can look at it as a thing to respond to. I think we’ve done a good job all year of responding to adversity and it doesn’t get much tougher to swallow than a loss like that, so I’d expect us to bounce back and have a really good game against LA (on Thursday).”

► Click here to listen to all of Stempniak's remarks after practice.

The Coyotes are 0-3-1 since an eight-game winning streak, yet have remained in fourth place in the Western Conference standings. However, the separation they created from the No. 5 team in standings is nearly gone; Calgary is just one point behind.

“We’ve just got to look at some of the positives - how we came out in the third period and we did come back (to tie),” center Kyle Turris said. “Moving forward, we’ve just got to limit our penalties, and there’s other things we’ve got to work on and we know that, so we’re going to try and start tomorrow night in LA and carry that on to the next game.”

• Head Coach Dave Tippett on Wednesday spoke about what he saw on Tuesday from newcomer Rostislav Klesla, who scored a goal in his first game with the Coyotes. Klesla played 17-plus minutes in his first game since Jan. 22 because of a lower-body injury.

“For his first game in five weeks last night he was not bad,” Tippett said. “He knows he’s got a ways to go here to get up to speed. He had a good practice here today in his first real practice with us. It’ll take a few games but I think he’ll fit in nicely with what we’re trying to do.”

• Defenseman Ed Jovanovski watched his teammates practice on Wednesday. Jovanovski, who is on the injured reserve list after undergoing orbital bone surgery last week, hopes to start skating again in a week or so.

• Thursday’s game at LA can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona Plus. Click here for channel information. (The broadcast will feature the Fox Sports West broadcasters.)
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