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Young Line Provides Spark for Coyotes

Tuesday, 03.8.2011 / 2:49 PM MT / Features
By Jerry Brown | Correspondent
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Young Line Provides Spark for Coyotes
GLENDALE -- Three days after posting their most thrilling win of the season, the Phoenix Coyotes have to face the team that handed then their most embarrassing loss.

Kyle Turris
Down 4-1 to Detroit after two periods, the Coyotes rallied for three goals in the third period and pulled out a 5-4 win when Radim Vrbata scored the only goal of the shootout. The win snapped a five-game losing streak and the play of Phoenix's young forwards -- Mikkel Boedker, Kyle Turris and Brett MacLean -- played a key role in the win, producing 2 goals, 2 assists and lots of energy from their line.

The trio prefers an up-tempo game and they will be asked to provide more of the same Tuesday when the NHL's best team, the Vancouver Canucks, return to Arena. Vancouver last came to town on Feb. 2 and handed the Coyotes their lunch in a 6-0 loss that was a low point in Phoenix's season.

Asked what has to be different this time against Vancouver, coach Dave Tippett smiled and said, "Everything. They scored six and we scored none, so I'd say a good place to start is to don't give up six and score more than none."

Phoenix still holds the seventh seed in the West with 78 points, but it's a precarious perch with a gaggle of teams on their heels and the fact that the Coyotes have fewer games to play than all the other contenders. A sweep of the Red Wings and Canucks would go a long way toward erasing the recent 0-4-1 hiccup that put the team back in a vulnerable position...

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