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Phoenix Coyotes Preseason Countdown: 46 Days

With 46 days left to go until the preseason starts, we take a look at the 46th game that the Phoenix Coyotes played last season, a home against the San Jose Sharks on April 24 at Arena.


By the time the 46th game of the season rolled around, the Coyotes had been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. However, the Coyotes were going to go out and play their game, especially against a division rival like the San Jose Sharks. This was the first game under Coach Tippett where the Coyotes were playing for pride and pride alone, and in true Coyotes fashion, they didn't give up as they won the game 2-1.

The boys played strong and scored early with Radim Vrbata setting up Michael Stone halfway through the first period. They extended their lead six minutes later with a power play goal from Keith Yandle. Although San Jose was able to score in the early minutes of the second period, Mike Smith did what the team needed him to do to hold the lead and win the game.

Despite the fact that this game was meaningless in the standings for the Yotes, it was host to a couple of milestones. Mike Smith played in his 100th game as a Coyote and Michael Stone scored his 5th goal of the season, marking a career high for goals in a season. Also, interestingly enough, the newest backup goaltender for the Coyotes Thomas Greiss was in net for the Sharks this game.

If you are interested in reliving the game check out the highlights belowor you can always go reread our complete coverage.