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Updated Apr 26, 2013 - 10:03 pm

'Yotes Notes: Coyotes drop final home game to Avalanche

Phoenix Coyotes' Martin Hanzal (11), of the Czech Republic, flips over Colorado Avalanche's Jean-Sebastien Giguere as the Avalanche's Shane O'Brien (5) goes after the puck during the second period in an NHL hockey game, on Friday, April 26, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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' 5-4 shootout loss to the Avalanche on April 26.

The Good:

When it came to drawing blood early, the Coyotes were all over it. After just 8:45 in the first period, they were up 2-0.

Coyotes forward Rob Klinkhammer furthered his case for the Coyotes to re-sign him next season. Not only does he have one of the best names in hockey, but he is 5-6-11 in 21 games this season.

The Bad:

Well, at least the game started on a good note. Despite taking a 2-0 lead early, the Coyotes let the Avalanche back in the game by the end of the first period thanks to some sloppy play and goaltending. Colorado led 3-2 after just 20 minutes.

The Coyote shootout was...bad. Mikkel Boedker at least had a shot, but Radim Vrbata tried too hard and the puck rolled away. Mike Smith did not make a save in the shootout.


• Antoine Vermette's goal in the first period was the first by a Coyotes forward since Radim Vrbata's against Chicago on April 20. Vermette scored two on the night.

• Defenseman Keith Yandle had three assists, tying a career-high. He leads the Coyotes with six multi-point games this year.

• Paul Bissonnette, normally known for his fighting skills rather than scoring, posted one assist on Friday, tying a career-high five points in one season.

Up Next:

The Coyotes will play their final game of the season on Saturday against the Ducks in Anaheim. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.

About the Author

Carter Nacke graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2010. He has been with KTAR since March 2011.

In addition to being a news junkie, Carter enjoys talking sports -- mainly soccer and hockey -- and covers the Arizona Coyotes for

He is an Arizona native and enjoys traveling.


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