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Video: Simmonds’ shootout winner lifts the Flyers over the Coyotes


Wayne Simmonds had the lone shootout goal as the Flyers battled back for a 4-3 win over the Coyotes Tuesday night.

Philly has now won two straight shootout contests after starting the season 0-5.

Arizona opened a 2-0 lead scoring two goals on their first four shots chasing Flyers’ starter Ray Emery.

Connor Murphy and Martin Erat scored in a 2:17 span of the first period forcing Craig Berube to make a goaltending change.

Steve Mason made 22 saves in relief of Emery to improve to 9-12-6 on the season.

Simonds got the Flyers on the board near the midway mark of the first period and R.J. Umberger tied it 2-2 in the second.

Michael Del Zotto scored his fourth of the season at 18:59 of the middle frame briefly giving Philly a 3-2 lead.

However, 23 seconds later, Tobias Rieder tied it 3-3.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan had to assists in the loss.

Mike Smith made 39 saves.

Arizona doubled up Philadelphia 4-2 on Dec. 29 in the only other meeting between the two clubs this season.

New owner Barroway bracing Arizona for rebuild


Recently, Coyotes GM Don Maloney unveiled the vision Andrew Barroway — who took over as Arizona’s majority owner last month — has for the future of the team.

“I spent the weekend with Andy at the All-Star Game and really got a sense of who he is and what he’s all about,” Maloney said, per Fox Sports Arizona. “He really does want to do this right.

“He wants to build for the long term and he understands that there is some suffering involved to do what you need to do to build a winner that is sustainable.”

Acknowledgement of potential suffering is intriguing. Remember when former Sabres GM Darcy Regier alluded to it in Buffalo during the start of Buffalo’s rebuild?

“It probably needs an understanding from our fan base that what Terry [Pegula, Sabres owner] is asking of us is to try a lot of things,” Regier said in the spring of ’13. “He is in search of creating a Stanley Cup champion.

“It may require some suffering.”

Regier, of course, was fired just a few months after making that statement, only to resurface last July in — surprise! — Arizona, where he’s currently embedded as assistant GM.

At this point, all signs point to a major rebuild in the desert. Beyond the quotes above, Arizona has just five players under contract beyond 2015-16 (Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Mike Smith, Martin Hanzal, Lauri Korpikoski, Joe Vitale) and a slew of young prospects looking to make the leap, led by World Juniors standout Max Domi.

This makes the Mar. 2 deadline all the more intriguing. The Barroway transaction closed quicker than some speculated (reports suggested it wouldn’t be done until the end of the season), which has afforded Maloney an earlier opportunity to figure out what ownership wants, and how to execute it. The names of Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle have been prominent in rumors and the club has another chip to play in veteran d-man Zbynek Michalek, a UFA at season’s end.

Some think it would behoove Arizona to re-sign some of these players, especially a productive veteran presence like Vermette. But based on the message Maloney’s getting from Barroway, spending money doesn’t sound like it’s a key part of the plan.

“We want to stay as flexible as possible,” he explained. “If we need to grow this thing and run at a low payroll for a couple years, so be it.”


Coyotes ’embarrassed’ in loss to Blackhawks


Patrick Kane – you know him as ‘Showtime’ – scored the 200th goal of his National Hockey League career, and the Chicago Blackhawks thumped the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.

The final score was 6-1 for the Blackhawks. They also dominated in shots on goal, registering 51 of those on Arizona’s goalie Mike Smith, who was in net for all six goals.

As you probably expected, Chicago dominated in the possession game. Every aspect went to the Blackhawks. It was bad. Smith saw his record fall to 7-20-3, while his save percentage fell to .887 and goals-against average to 3.51.

“It was almost like we were on break before break started,” said Smith, as per Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports.

“You pull an NHL sweater on, it’s a privilege. To come out like that tonight and get embarrassed was pretty heart-wrenching,” Smith added.

The Coyotes now enter the All-Star break four points ahead of the Edmonton Oilers, who hold the title of last place in the Western Conference. Arizona has only two wins in its past 10 games, and recent struggles have led to talk about a rebuild in the wake of Devan Dubnyk’s trade to Minnesota.


Goalie nods: Price returns from injury to face Preds

All the latest from the blue paint…

Carey’s back for Habs

After missing Saturday’s win over the Islanders with an upper-body injury, Carey Price will return to the Montreal net tonight when the Habs host the Preds at the Bell Centre.

Price, who’s having a Vezina- and Hart Trophy-caliber season, is 23-10-2 on the year with a .927 save percentage and 2.19 GAA. He’s headed to his fourth All-Star Game in Columbus on the weekend and is easily the biggest reason why Montreal comes into tonight’s game sitting third in the Atlantic Division, just three points back of Tampa Bay for top spot.

For the Preds, Carter Hutton will be in goal.


Sens at Rangers: Craig Anderson vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Oilers at Caps: Viktor Fasth vs. Braden Holtby

Pens at Flyers: Thomas Greiss vs. Ray Emery

Wild at Wings: Devan Dubnyk vs. Petr Mrazek

Canucks at Bolts: Ben Bishop for Tampa Bay, Ryan Miller likely for Vancouver.

Coyotes at Blackhawks: Mike Smith vs. Antti Raanta

Bruins at Stars: Tuukka Rask likely for Boston, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Video: Little’s shootout winner lifts the Jets over the Coyotes

Bryan Little scored in the third round of the shootout and Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 Sunday night.

The win extends the Jets streak to four games. Winnipeg has also won five of six and took two of three meetings with Arizona this season.

Arizona has now lost five straight.

Sunday concluded a stretch of seven games in 11 days for the Jets. They’ll have a much-needed day off on Monday.

Little opened the scoring in the first period with his team-leading 18th of the season. Michael Frolik and Dustin Byfuglien had the other goals for the Jets, who tied their Central Division rival Chicago Blackhawks with 58 points.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Lauri Korpikoski and Tobias Rieder scored for the Coyotes.

Sunday marked the return of captain Shane Doan to the Arizona lineup. Doan missed two games because of a lower-body injury. He finished with two assists and a plus-1 rating in nearly 22 minutes of ice time.

Arizona could be without the services of forward Mikkel Boedker when they continue a season-high eight-game road trip Tuesday in Chicago.

Mike Smith made 27 saves in the loss.