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'Yotes Notes: Perlini Scores 7th Goal in 20th Game

Rookie Brendan Perlini is turning heads with his quick shot

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

Rookie Brendan Perlini showed off his quick and accurate shot yet again on Thursday night in Arizona's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.

Perlini took a pass near the top of the slot from Shane Doan and snapped the puck past Devan Dubnyk, arguably the NHL's top goalie, at 11:42 of the first period. Dubnyk hardly flinched as the puck flew over his glove and into the net.

The goal, which tied the score 1-1, was Perlini's seventh of the season in his 20th NHL game.

"He can be an explosive player and he has good finish, and that's what we've seen in his game so far," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "That goal tonight is typical of some of the goals he's scored for us. With a young group like ours looking for scoring, he's certainly come in and done his part."

Video: ARI@MIN: Perlini ties the game with quick shot in 1st

• Doan assisted on two of Arizona's goals, but he was called for hooking at 11:35 of the third period, and Minnesota's Nino Niederreiter scored the game-winning goal on the ensuing power play.

The Coyotes challenged Minnesota's fourth goal citing off-side, but a quick video review confirmed there was no off-side.

"It's hard to tell. The look that I had, it was borderline inconclusive," Tippett said. "But at that time of the game, you wing it and hope you might get a break."

• Forward Ryan White was removed from the injured-reserve list and returned to the lineup after missing 11 games because of a lower-body injury. White played 9:54 and delivered three hits.

To make room on the roster for White, the Coyotes assigned forward Anthony Duclair to the American Hockey League. Duclair, who scored 20 goals as a rookie last season, has notched just three in 41 games this season.

"Our expectations of his production was much higher than it is at this level," Tippett said. "We just decided that it's time for him to go down and try to gain some confidence and play some games in the American league ... It's a hard job. He's an offensive player. He has to create opportunities and he has to finish opportunities and there's just not been enough of it this year ... He's got to go down and get some work. Hopefully the confidence will come."

Video: Dave Tippett discusses Coyotes' 4-3 loss to Wild

• Trailing 3-1, rookie Jakob Chychrun scored his second goal in two games and his third of the season at 16:54 of the second period. Thirty seconds later, forward Jamie McGinn tied the score at 3 when he scored his eighth goal of the season.

"That's showing growth in our team to not give up and not sit back and kind of die on the bench," McGinn said. "We came out and tied it up right away, which was a good sign ... We didn't get the result, but we'll take the positives out of it and continue to move forward. It's not going to turn overnight, but at least the effort was there and the heart was there and we'll take it one step at a time."

Video: Jamie McGinn discusses Coyotes' 4-3 loss to Wild 

• Defenseman Michael Stone notched one assist, and led the team in hits (five) and blocked shots (six).

• Center Martin Hanzal missed a second straight game because of a family matter. He's expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday vs. Tampa Bay.

Video: Jakob Chychrun discusses Coyotes' 4-3 loss to Wild

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