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STEVE MACFARLANE

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

Snapping a three-game losing streak with a win over the Washington Capitals at Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix Thursday night, the Coyotes got the spark they were looking for from backup goaltender Mikael Tellqvist.

Head coach Wayne Gretzky knew he had to shake things up a little.

"We made the decision, we need a spark here, need some new energy, need some positive ions going through that room right now," Gretzky told the Arizona Republic.

"You don't always make great decisions, but it turned out to be a great decision."

The Coyotes won 2-1 -- the same score the Flames beat the Caps two nights earlier in Calgary -- to even their record at 3-3.

Tellqvist's first start of the season wasn't the only surprise. Gretzky also sat former Flames centre Steve Reinprecht, who had four assists and a team-high plus-3 rating through the first five games.

"As I said to him, I don't like doing it, but I've got to do what I think is right," Gretzky said.

"I would hope that he thinks I'm wrong, and I understand that he thinks I'm wrong. We'll reassess everything (before tonight's game)."

ICE CHIPS

C Matthew Lombardi was the only member of the Flames to sit out of yesterday's skate at Polar Ice in Peoria. He was seen sporting a sling on his left side after practice. "He'll be out for a little bit," said a tight-lipped head coach Mike Keenan. "He's got an upper-body injury. He made contact in front of our net and he'll be assessed on a day-to-day basis. He will not play (tonight), that's for sure." ... LW Todd Bertuzzi was also sporting a little wear and tear, with a wrap on his left hand ... D David Hale's goal-less streak continues. The former Flames defenceman has played 221 NHL games without a tally.


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