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Originally published Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

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Phoenix hands Vancouver 4-2 loss | NHL

Kyle Chipchura scored two goals as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 Tuesday night. The Canucks dropped their third...

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Kyle Chipchura scored two goals as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 Tuesday night.

The Canucks dropped their third straight game at Rogers Arena. The loss comes on the heels of an embarrassing 8-3 defeat in Detroit on Sunday.

Mikkel Boedker and Antoine Vermette added a goal and an assist apiece to help the Coyotes salvage the final game of a three-game road trek.

Mike Smith stopped 29 shots in the victory.

Jason Garrison and Henrik Sedin scored, and Cory Schneider made 18 saves for Vancouver.

Phoenix clogged up the middle of the ice all night and when the Canucks did get a shot they had trouble reaching any rebounds.

Like Detroit, Phoenix was missing some key regulars, including injured forwards Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal and defenseman Derek Morris.

Vermette scored what proved to be the winner at 12:23 of the third.

Sedin added Vancouver's final goal just over a minute later.

NHL could see four divisions, wild cards in playoffs

The NHL is proposing a new realignment plan which would feature playoff wild-card spots plus see the league go from six divisions to four, according to reports by ESPN and CBC.

The Eastern Conference would feature the Atlantic and Central divisions while the Western Conference would have the Mid-West and Pacific divisions.

The playoff format calls for the top three teams in each division to earn postseason berths. The remaining four spots would go to wild cards, the top two records in each conference.

The plan still needs approval from the NHL Players' Association and the NHL's Board of Governors.

Notes

• The Los Angeles Kings traded Simon Gagne back to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional draft pick, sending the struggling left wing back to the city where he had his greatest NHL success. Gagne spent his first 10 NHL seasons with the Flyers, but won his first Stanley Cup title last season in Los Angeles after a late-playoff return from a concussion.

• In a swap of veteran forwards, Dallas dealt right wing Michael Ryder and a third-round draft pick to Montreal for right wing Erik Cole.

• The New Jersey Devils have placed 40-year-old goaltender Martin Brodeur on injured reserve.

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