Found April 17, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
CHICAGO Coyotes goalie Mike Smith and center Martin Hanzal both took part in Tuesdays morning skate at the United Center. Coach Dave Tippett said both would be game-time decisions for Game 3 against the Blackhawks tonight at 6 p.m. Arizona time. Tippett ruled out forward Lauri Korpikoski, who did not skate Tuesday morning, with Gilbert Brul as his likely replacement. None of the three injured players injuries have been specified. Hanzal said he felt alright in Tuesday mornings skate. "Hopefully, I'll be ready tonight, he said. It's better. It's way better." Tippett was noticeably perturbed by repeated questions about Chicago forward Andrew Shaws hit on Smith in Game 2 that led to a five-minute major, a game misconduct and a possible suspension from the league, which still hadnt ruled on Shaws status as of early Tuesday afternoon. Its a blatant hit to the head with no intent to miss the goalie, Tippett said. Its the exact hit and Ive gone through a lot of these meetings with the NHL on it its the exact hit theyre trying to take out of the game. When asked if there was a specific reason he held Smith out of practice on Monday, Tippett said: Thats our prerogative. Whether its an injury day or a rest day, we dont have to tell everybody why a player practices or not. Why would we do that? Despite that statement, it seems odd to hold Smith out of practice the day before a crucial game if there isnt some sort of lingering issue, raising the possibility that he is suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Smith did not speak to the media Tuesday, and Tippett would not discuss the nature of his or any other players injury. Smith has stopped 89 of 95 shots through two games against Chicago for a .937 save percentage. If he cant play, backup Jason LaBarbera will get the nod.

Coyotes G Mike Smith back at practice

Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was on the ice for Tuesday morning's skate, but a decision on whether he will play in Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks will be made prior to Tuesday night's faceoff. Smith was hurt in the second period of Phoenix's 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday when he was struck on the head by the shoulder of Chicago's Andrew Shaw. Smith lay...

Reasons for hope, worry after wild series start

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The national media and NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will spend the next two days examining Chicago forward Andrew Shaws blindside hit on Phoenix goalie Mike Smith behind the net in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round series. Will Shaw be suspended or will his game misconduct on Saturday suffice? Did Smith produce a historic act of gamesmanship...

Coyotes missing three at practice

Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, center Martin Hanzal and left wing Lauri Korpikoski did not practice with the team on Monday. Phoenix coach Dave Tippett would not say if they would be available for Game 3 of the Coyotes' playoff series against Chicago on Tuesday night, only that they were being evaluated. Smith was injured in the second period of Phoenix's 4-3 overtime...

Adam French: Overtime Overdrive

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Coyotes-Blackhawks Preview

Phoenix goalie Mike Smith missed practice before the Coyotes took off for Chicago and his status for Game 3 in the rugged and physical opening-round playoff series was unclear Monday. Smith was peppered with 95 shots in the first two games, turning away 89 of them. Chicago scored in the waning seconds of each game, forced overtime twice and earned a split. Smith was also knocked...

Andrew Shaw Suspended Three Games for Charging Coyotes Goalie Mike Smith (Video)

Andrew Shaw learned on Tuesday what's not acceptable when it comes to hitting goaltenders. The Blackhawks forward was suspended three games for charging Coyotes goalie Mike Smith during the teams' Game 2 clash on Saturday. Shaw was assessed a major penalty for charging and received a game misconduct following the second-period hit. League disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan decided...

How do Blackhawks replace injured Hossa?

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Coyotes mum on injuries; 3 players miss practice

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Coyotes were without forwards Martin Hanzal and Lauri Korpikoski and goaltender Mike Smith at Monday's practice in Scottsdale. The team practiced locally before boarding a plane for Chicago in advance of Tuesday's Game 3 in the NHL Western Conference playoffs. The series is tied at 1-1. All three players were banged up in Saturday's Game 2 of...

HockeyBuzz Wire: Shaw gets 3 games for Smith hit NEW YORK -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw has been suspended for three games for charging Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith during Game 2 of the teams' Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series Saturday night in Phoenix, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Coyotes counting on depth, resiliency

CHICAGO In three games of the Coyotes-Blackhawks first-round playoff series, weve had three overtimes, two-game tying goals in the final minute of play, 14 different goal scorers and 124 saves from Phoenix goalie Mike Smith on 132 shots. Normally, those would be dominant storylines. In this series, theyre window dressing. When the Blackhawks and Coyotes spoke to the media following...

Blackhawks RW Shaw to have hearing with NHL

Chicago Blackhawks rookie right wing Andrew Shaw will have a hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan on Monday for his hit to the head of Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. Shaw's shoulder connected with Smith's head after the two met behind the net during Saturday's 4-3 overtime win by Chicago. The victory leveled the Western Conference quarterfinal series...

Shaw - 3 Game Suspension

So the NHL finally made up it’s mind, hours before game time, and handed Andrew Shaw a 3 game suspension. This came after the collision with Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. Smith remained in the game, and finished it.  It’s as simple as this with with NHL, they want to make a statement as long as it is not a marquee player. The inconsistencies through out the last couple...

Blackhawks RW Shaw suspended three games

Chicago Blackhawks rookie right wing Andrew Shaw was suspended three games by the NHL on Tuesday for his hit to the head of Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. Shaw's shoulder connected with Smith's head after the two met behind the net during Saturday's 4-3 overtime win by Chicago. The victory leveled the Western Conference quarterfinal series at one game apiece...
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