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'Yotes Notes: Three Players Injured vs. Ducks

Jordan Martinook, Jakob Chychrun and Martin Hanzal all left Friday's game

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

The Coyotes lost three players to injury on Friday night vs. Anaheim. Arizona also lost the game, 3-2 in overtime, at the Honda Center.

"We battled hard," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We were down three players in the third, and we were shorthanded because of injury. Our guys played with an unbelievable amount of desperation and hung in there, and it's too bad we couldn't get the win."

Forward Jordan Martinook suffered an upper-body injury early in the second period and did not play the rest of the game.

Martinook and Ducks forward Corey Perry got tangled in a corner and Martinook fell to the ice awkwardly at 4:34. He immediately skated to the bench, hobbled to the dressing room and did not return.

Martinook is one of five Coyotes players to appear in all 39 games this season.

Later in the game, rookie defenseman Jakob Chychrun was injured when he was inadvertently elbowed in the head by Anaheim's Nick Ritchie with 8:24 left in third period. Chychrun left the ice and did not return.

And center Martin Hanzal, who scored Arizona's first goal at 1:19 of the second period, did not play much in the third period because of a lower-body injury. 

The goal was Hanzal's ninth of the season and it tied him with Radim Vrbata for the team lead. 

"We'll see where we are tomorrow," Tippett said regarding the injuries. Arizona hosts the New York Islanders on Saturday at Gila River Arena.

The Coyotes already are playing minus forwards Max Domi, Brad Richardson and Ryan White. All are on the injured-reserve list.

• Goalie Mike Smith mishandled the puck in front of his net and allowed Ducks forward Ondrej Kase to score the game-winning goal.

"(That's) the way things are going now," Smith said of the team's nine-game losing streak. "My stick breaks and (I) didn't get anything on it, and it ends up in the back of the net."

He added: "We were a lot better tonight. It's unfortunate that I couldn't make a couple more saves and help out more. It was good to see. We had good speed, and good intensity. There was more motion in our game. We deserved the win."

Video: Mike Smith discusses Coyotes' 3-2 OT loss to Ducks

• Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored Arizona's second goal at 3:12 of the third period. He also delivered five hits and blocked three shots in 27:05 of ice time.

"We tried so hard out there," Ekman-Larsson said. "We played a really good game over 60 minutes. It's frustrating when you let in two easy goals. It's not on 'Smitty', he made some unbelievable saves before that. We win as a team and we lose as a team. We will have to keep working hard and try to get better for the game tomorrow."

Video: Oliver Ekman-Larsson discusses Coyotes' loss to Ducks

• Forward Anthony Duclair assisted on both of Arizona's goals. He has six goals and two asissts in seven career games vs. Anaheim.

• The Coyotes felt they should have been awarded a penalty shot in the second period after Anaheim defenseman Josh Montour appeared to throw his stick in an attempt to knock the puck away from Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder during a shorthanded breakaway.

Tippett said the referee told him the stick came out of Montour's hand because of one of Rieder's skate.

"If you look at it clearly, that's not the case," Tippett said.

• With the loss, the Coyotes dropped to 0-8-1 in their past nine games.

"Guys are upset," Tippett said. "They want to get on the winning side of things. When you push hard, you give yourself a chance. We gave ourselves a chance tonight, but we've got to take it one step further."

Video: Dave Tippett discusses Coyotes' 3-2 OT loss to Ducks

• The American Hockey League announced its rosters for the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic to be held Jan. 30 at Allentown, Pa. 

Forward Brendan Perlini and defenseman Kyle Wood of the Tucson Roadrunners were chosen to participate. Perlini, of course, is currently playing for the Coyotes after being recalled from the AHL on Dec. 4.

 

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