Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 10/4/13

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes is congratulated by his teammates after a goal by teammate Radim Vrbata #17 in the third period against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center November 23, 2007 in Anaheim, California. The Coyotes defeated the Ducks 4-3 in shootout. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Radim Vrbata scored three goals, Mike Smith stopped 23 shots, and the Phoenix Coyotes opened their first season with an owner in four years by routing the New York Rangers 4-1 on Thursday night. With NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the club's new owners in attendance, the Coyotes turned a tight game into a one-sided contest behind Vrbata's second straight hat trick -- dating to last season -- and fifth of his career. Kyle Chipchura also scored, Martin Hanzal had two assists and Smith made some tough saves on a pair of early penalty kills, including one from his stomach on a shot by Benoit Pouliot. Marc Staal scored a power-play goal for the short-handed Rangers in their first game under new coach Alain Vigneault.
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