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'Yotes Notes: Coyotes win second straight, beat Minnesota

Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith deflects a shot on goal against the Minnesota Wild during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes won 2-1. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won't tell you everything that happened in a hockey game. So, we will give you 'Yotes Notes, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Coyotes' 2-1 win over the Wild on February 4.

The Good:

Behind goals from Lauri Korpikoski and Martin Hanzal, the Coyotes earn at least a point for a fifth straight game. The goals were the fourth of the season for both players, and for Hanzal; it extended his point streak to three games.

The Bad:

Defenseman David Schlemko suffered an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return. He was seen following the game with his right arm in a sling.

"It's not something that's day-to-day," head coach Dave Tippett said. "I would put him week-to-week. It's a significant injury."

He Said It:

"Coyote Ugly, like we said last year in the playoffs," Mike Smith said after making 21 saves. "It's the way we want to play. It's the way we have to play to win hockey games. It's not the prettiest but we give ourselves chances to win a lot of hockey games and that's all you can ask for."


Smith wins his second straight game, sees his shutout streak end at 121:06.

Steve Sullivan (lower body injury) returned after missing three straight games.

Minnesota's Zach Parise's second period goal was the 200th of his career.

Up Next:

The Coyotes (4-4-2, 10 pts) finish the homestand with a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, February 7.

About the Author

School: Syracuse University, '96

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: December 1, 1999

Favorite sports memory: Game 7, 2001 World Series

Least-favorite sports memory: Game 1, 1988 World Series

Favorite all-time athlete(s): Larry Bird, Don Mattingly

Favorite sports movies: Hoosiers, Field of Dreams


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