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'Yotes Notes: Raanta Hurt in Loss to Sharks

Goalie Antti Raanta suffered an upper-body injury in Saturday's game vs. San Jose

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

GLENDALE -- Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta suffered an upper-body injury early in Wednesday's game vs. San Jose at Gila River Arena, left the game and did not return.

Raanta appeared to get hurt when he collided with Sharks forward Logan Couture at the top of the crease at 10:49 of the first period. Couture was called for goaltender interference on the play. Raanta remained in the game, but left during a break in the action at 14:37 after stopping all nine shots he faced.

Backup goalie Scott Wedgewood replaced Raanta in net and played the rest of the game. Raanta did not return to the bench at any point. Once Raanta was ruled out of the game, local goalie Nate Schoenfeld dressed and served as the emergency backup goalie, as he did on Feb. 15, 2016 vs. Montreal.

Head Coach Rick Tocchet did not provide any additional information regarding the severity of Raanta's injury at his post-game press conference.

"It's tough, but it's a game of injuries this game and the next man up needs to step up," Tocchet said. "Scott came in and did a nice job for us."

Wedgewood stopped 13 of the 15 shots he faced. The Sharks also scored an empty-net goal and won 3-1.

San Jose took a 1-0 lead just five seconds after Wedgewood replaced Raanta when Joe Thornton knocked a rebound into the Arizona net.

Video: Wedgewood on Stepping In for Raanta

Raanta, who guided Arizona to three straight wins by stopping 90 of 97 shots vs. Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, missed 10 games earlier this season because of lower-body injuries. 

Brendan Perlini scored Arizona's lone goal at 12:23 of the third period. 

"It's obviously a weird situation," Perlini said regarding losing Raanta. "I didn't really see what happened. I just saw Wedgewood warming up to go in. It's obviously tough for him to come in cold turkey like that, but he did a good job for us and made some good saves."

• Derek Stepan assisted on Perlini's goal to extend his point streak to four games. He said the team's 0-for-3 performance on power plays was a key factor in the loss.

"We need to score, bottom line," Stepan said. "It's not good enough if you don't score on your power play. I think our power play has been good for the most part, but we've got to work and bear down in those moments ... In an 82-game schedule, you're going to have a lot of nights where everyone doesn't have their A-stuff and you have to find a way to manage the game. For the most part, I thought we did a good job managing … Obviously it's something you have to learn from. We have to not chase the game." 

Video: Stepan: 'Hard to Win When You're Chasing'

• Arizona failed to score during a 5-on-3 power play that lasted for 39 seconds in the first period.

"I think we are 0-for-5 on 5-on-3's (this season)," Tocchet said. "We need to make some plays. After that (failed 5-on-3), we gave them some goals. I didn't think they had much. I thought we had some chances to score and we didn't, and they did."

Video: Tocchet: 'Next Man Up'

• With the loss, the Coyotes dropped to 0-8-2 vs. Western Conference teams.

• Like he did in Toronto on Monday, injured defenseman Jakob Chychrun again skated with teammates at the morning skate on Wednesday. Chychrun is recovering from off-season knee surgery.

"I think he's ahead of schedule," Tocchet said of Chychrun's recovery. "We've just got to be careful that we don't rush him. He looks really good out there."

Tocchet said there is no official timeline in place for Chychrun's return to the lineup. Logic suggests that, barring any setbacks, he could return within a few weeks.

Video: Stepan: 'Hard to Win When You're Chasing'

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