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‘Yotes Notes: Ekman-Larsson Suffers Injury in Loss to Avalanche

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson suffered an upper-body injury and couldn’t finish Monday’s game vs. the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.

Ekman-Larsson, who leads the Coyotes with 49 points, collided with Colorado’s Matt Duchene and then awkwardly crashed into the end boards at 3:19 of the third period. He slowly got to his feet, then skated gingerly to the bench and headed directly to the dressing room for medical attention. He did not return.

After the game, which Colorado won 3-1, Head Coach Dave Tippett said Ekman-Larsson was “day-to-day.” He did not elaborate.

Ekman-Larsson, who has played all 66 games this season, suffered a lower-body injury on Feb. 20 vs. St. Louis and played just two shifts in that game. He returned to the lineup for the next game. The Coyotes next play Wednesday at Vancouver.

Ekman-Larsson last was sidelined by injury in the 2013-14 season when he suffered an upper-body injury vs. Columbus on Jan. 2. He missed two games, but has played every game since.

• Center Boyd Gordon scored his first goal of the season from in close at 8:47 of the third period. The goal ended a 73-game goal-scoring drought for Gordon, who last scored on Jan. 27, 2015 while playing for Edmonton.

• Tippett did not like a no-call on what appeared to be a high-sticking infraction committed by Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla on Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton early in the third period when Arizona trailed 2-0. Colorado scored soon after.

“That’s the frustrating thing,” Tippett said. “It’s a blatant high stick. It’s not even close. We should be on the power play for four minutes when it’s 2-0 and it ends up 3-0 and no penalty. In a tight game like that you need a break like that to get yourself back in it.”

• Forward Sergei Plotnikov assisted on Gordon’s goal to notch his first point with the Coyotes. Arizona acquired him via a trade with Pittsburgh on Feb. 29.

• Rookie Max Domi returned to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension on Saturday. Domi logged 17:54 and took four shots on goal.

• Forward Alex Tanguay played a very quiet 18:11 in his first game vs. Colorado since coming to the Coyotes via trade with the Avalanche on Feb. 29. He was one of only three Coyotes who did not produce a shot on goal. Ekman-Larsson and Jiri Sekac were the others.

• Defenseman Connor Murphy blocked a career-high nine shots on goal.

• Forward Kyle Chipchura missed the game to be with his wife in Phoenix as she gave birth to their first child, a daughter they named Noelle, on Monday afternoon.

• The radio broadcast of Wednesday’s game at the Vancouver Canucks has been changed from ESPN Phoenix 620 AM to KTAR 92.3 FM.

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