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‘Yotes Notes: Grossmann Injured in Loss to Rangers

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE -- Defenseman Nicklas Grossmann suffered a lower-body injury on Saturday night against the New York Rangers at Gila River Arena.

After the game, Head Coach Dave Tippett said Grossmann is day-to-day.

Grossmann, in his first season with the Coyotes, collided with Rangers forward Jarret Stoll late in the first period. Afterward, Grossmann slowly made his way to the bench and then hobbled to the dressing room. He did not return to the game.

Grossmann was the No. 1 Star of Thursday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche after scoring two goals in a game for the first time in his NHL career.

“You look at what he’s done for our team this year, he’s been a good player,” Tippett said recently.

The Coyotes acquired Grossmann, 30, in an off-season trade with the Philadelphia Flyers. He has played 544 NHL games.

• Center Martin Hanzal notched his 13th assist, won 15 of 25 face-offs and took a team-high six shots on goal. He and linemates Anthony Duclair (five) and Tobias Rieder (five) accounted for 16 of the team’s 40 shots on goal.

“It’s really frustrating,” Rieder said, “especially (for) my line with Marty and Duke. We could have had five goals tonight, I think. We just couldn’t manage to put the puck over the line.”

In the third period, with the Coyotes trailing 4-0, Hanzal temporarily scored his first goal of the season. However, the goal was waved off after video review.

Here’s the NHL’s official explanation:

“At 8:19 of the third period in the Rangers/Coyotes game, video review determined that Martin Hanzal's stick was above the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the New York net. According to Rule 60.5 "An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick." No goal Arizona.”

• Backup goalie Anders Lindback stopped 12 of 13 shots after replacing Mike Smith at 5:36 of the second period after the Rangers scored their third goal.

"I felt good about my game tonight, other than the last goal,” Smith said. “Obviously, I made a mistake there... It went in. My fault."

• Captain Shane Doan played in his 1,407th game to tie Dale Hunter for 33rd place on the NHL’s all-time games played list.

• The Coyotes again played without center Antoine Vermette, who is nursing a lower-body injury. Vermette has missed the past two games and five of 13 overall.

• The Coyotes thanked Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle for eight-plus seasons of service with an in-game video tribute during the first period. Yandle, who twice waved to the fans during the ovation that followed the video, ranks fourth on the Coyotes/Jets franchise list for points by a defenseman (311), fourth for assists by a defenseman (246), and sixth for goals by a defenseman (65).

"It was amazing," Yandle said of the video. "I didn’t expect it. It was one of those things where it caught me by surprise. It was something that I will never forget, and it was really nice for them to do it."

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