Center Brad Richardson suffered a nasty, lower-body injury on Thursday night after colliding with Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin at 11:23 of the second period at Rogers Arena.
Richardson crumpled to the ice in agony after the collision and remained there for nearly 10 minutes before medical personnel carefully removed him from the playing surface via a stretcher. He was quickly taken to a Vancouver hospital for further evaluation and did not return to the game, which Vancouver won, 3-2, in overtime. Tryamkin stands six-foot-seven and weighs 265 pounds.
"We'll get a full report tomorrow, but we're looking at a pretty significant injury," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "... He's a real heart and soul player. We'll see where things are at tomorrow and adjust accordingly ... We were trying to stay with it, but we're thin at center ice and we lose a key guy there. It takes a toll on us. We were fighting hard to try for two points and we couldn't get it."
Richardson scored his fifth goal of the season earlier in the second period to give Arizona a 1-0 lead. With five goals, he ranks tied for second on the team. He's also tied for third in points with nine.
"I enjoy playing with 'Richie,'" said captain Shane Doan, his linemate. "It's always tough (losing a teammate to injury), but we've got a bunch of young guys that are going to have to step up and play big minutes."
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Richardson, 31, recently played his 600th NHL game. He averages 15:20 of ice time per game this season and ranks second on the team in face-off wins (121) and face-off winning percentage (52.6).
"It's a big hole we have to fill in the middle," said goalie Louis Domingue , who made 39 saves. "He plays crucial minutes in crucial areas of the game, but just the fact he goes down like that, it is a big bummer for our team."
• Doan notched the primary assist on Richardson's goal to move into a tie for first place with Thomas Steen on the franchise's all-time assists list. Doan and Steen each have 553 helpers as members of the Coyotes/Jets.
• Defenseman Anthony DeAngelo scored his second NHL goal on a power play at 10:45 of the second period to give Arizona a 2-0 lead.
DeAngelo said watching Richardson be carted off the ice was sobering and may have played a role in the Coyotes ultimately blowing a two-goal advantage.
"I think it's in the back of everyone's head," DeAngelo told reporters. "Seeing a tough guy like that in that much pain was tough, but you still have to find a way to keep going."
• Rookie Dylan Strome got back into the lineup after being scratched the past four games. Strome played 15:10, took two shots on goal and won five of 13 face-offs.
• Radim Vrbata, playing vs. the Canucks for the first time since leaving Vancouver after two seasons, took nine of Arizona's 36 shots on goal.
• Tied 0-0, Vancouver scored a goal at 11:56 of the first period but the Coyotes challenged the goal citing goaltender interference.
The NHL's ruling:
"At 11:56 of the first period in the Coyotes/Canucks game, Arizona requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether Vancouver's Michael Chaput interfered with Arizona goaltender Louis Domingue prior to his goal.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the referee, NHL Hockey Operations staff determined that Chaput interfered with Domingue before the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.7, "The standard for overturning the call in the event of a 'GOAL' call on the ice is that the Referee, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to 'Interference on the Goalkeeper,' as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3 and 69.4."
Therefore the original call is overturned - no goal Vancouver Canucks."
The Canucks later challenged Richardson's goal citing off-sides, but the goal was allowed after video review.
• Forward Tobias Rieder did not play because of a lower-body injury. He is considered day-to-day.
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