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'Yotes Notes: Michalek Experiences Emotional Finale

Defenseman Zbynek Michalek likely played his final NHL game on Saturday

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Defenseman Zbynek Michalek likely played his final NHL game on Saturday night at Gila River Arena against the team he broke into the League with in 2003-04.

Michalek, 34, skated 19:48, took two shots on goal and delivered two hits in a 3-1 loss to Minnesota in the season finale for the Coyotes, for whom he played 612 games.

"Obviously, the game didn't go the way we wanted it to," Michalek said. "It was pretty emotional and I had a hard time getting it together once the game got going."

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'Yotes Notes: Schenn Scores First Goal of Season

Defenseman Luke Schenn chipped in goal in win over Vancouver

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Defenseman Luke Schenn scored his first goal of the season on Thursday night as part of Arizona's 4-3 win over Vancouver at Gila River Arena.

"I'm not expected to go out there and score 20, but it would be nice to get one earlier than this," Schenn said. "Better late than never ... I don't have to go into next season thinking that I didn't score last year."

Schenn scored his goal at 6:00 of the first period when he slapped a rebound past Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller.

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'Yotes Notes: Ekman-Larsson Played with 'Heavy Heart'

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson's mom recently lost lengthy battle with cancer

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

The Coyotes played Tuesday's game at Dallas, a 3-2 loss in overtime, without defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who left the team for the rest of the season on Monday because of the death of his mother.

"When she passed away a few weeks ago, it was a struggle for him," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "I give him a ton of credit. He was a true professional trying to get through it. But now, this week is the funeral, so he left to go home (to Sweden)."

Ekman-Larsson's mother, Annika, battled cancer for some time, but Tippett said she and Ekman-Larsson's father encouraged their son to stay with the team and keep playing. He skated in all 79 games the Coyotes played before Tuesday.

"He was playing with a heavy heart," Tippett said.

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'Yotes Notes: Smith Solid in First Game After Illness

Goalie Mike Smith stopped 34 of 35 shots vs. Kings on Sunday

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Goalie Mike Smith returned to the Coyotes net on Sunday night vs. Los Angeles at the Staples Center after an illness kept him from starting Friday's game vs. Washington.

Smith was nearly perfect in his return, making 34 saves in a 2-1 win over the Kings.

"It was nice to get back in," Smith said. "I've been battling a little bit of a bug lately, so I think the energy level isn't where I'd like it, but that's partly probably the end of the season and not feeling well for a little while. It was nice to get back in there and get a win and feel good about my game."

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'Yotes Notes: Dvorak, Burmistrov Lead Charge vs. Caps

Arizona scored season-high six goals on Friday night

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes scored a season-high six goals against the NHL's stingiest team on Friday night at Gila River Arena and snapped a four-game losing streak.

"I think the hardest thing for teams right now that play against us is they don't know what to expect from us," center Alexander Burmistrov said after Arizona's 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals. "We're already out of the playoffs but we're trying to show to the coaches and the management that we want to be here."

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'Yotes Notes: Keller Makes NHL Debut in Hometown

Forward Clayton Keller grew up in St. Louis suburb

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

First-round draft pick Clayton Keller made his NHL debut on Monday night when he and the Coyotes played the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center. 

Keller, whom Arizona selected seventh overall at last year's NHL Draft, skated 14:09 in his first game. 

St. Louis won 4-1.

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'Yotes Notes: Tippett Wants More Effort From Veterans

Head Coach Dave Tippett didn't like team's start, finish vs. Capitals

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

The Coyotes and Capitals were tied 1-1 with 7:31 to play on Saturday night at Verizon Center, but Washington exploded for three goals to secure a 4-1 victory.

"You can't be in awe of the best teams in the league," said goalie Mike Smith, who made 29 saves against the Caps, who lead the NHL with 106 points. "You've got to take it as a challenge and elevate your game and not go the other way."

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Coyotes vs. Blues Preview

Arizona has earned at least one point in five straight games

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- With less than a month left in the season, the Coyotes and St. Louis Blues will finally begin their three-game season series on Saturday night. The puck drops at 6 p.m. Arizona time at Gila River Arena.

Arizona (26-35-9) will play St. Louis three times over the next 12 days.

"We want to finish this homestand off strong," said forward Josh Jooris, who notched two assists in Thursday's game vs. Detroit. "We play St. Louis three times in the next couple weeks so hopefully we send a message that we're not going to go down easy ... They're going to come into our building playing well and we've got to match their intensity. It's going to be a good battle."

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'Yotes Notes: DeAngelo's Ejection Set Wrong Tone

Rookie Anthony DeAngelo was booted from Saturday's game for boarding early in the first period

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes played with just five defensemen for all but 1:56 of Saturday's game vs. St. Louis at Gila River Arena. That's because rookie Anthony DeAngelo was ejected from the game for boarding St. Louis rookie Zach Sanford early in the first period.

Thanks to DeAngelo's hit, Arizona was put on the penalty kill for five minutes and nearly killed it. Alex Pietrangelo scored for St. Louis with just three seconds left on the lengthy power play.

The Coyotes never recovered and lost 3-0.

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'Yotes Notes: Chychrun's Goal Extends Point Streak

Rookie Jakob Chychrun scored late in the third period vs. Detroit on Thursday

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes lost a rather anti-climactic shootout to the Detroit Red Wings at Gila River Arena on Thursday night, but by rallying to tie the score late in the third period they extended their late-season point streak to five games (3-0-2).

Rookie Jakob Chychrun scored the game-tying goal with 2:30 left in regulation.

"We know we're never out of it," Chychrun said. "It's anyone's game still when it's that late, and we're only down by one goal. I think we all had a sense of urgency. We all knew that we could tie it up and me, especially, I think I made a tough read on that fourth goal for them. I really wanted to make a play for us and try to get one back for us and we did."

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