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Tippett on Smith’s injury: “Hopefully it’s nothing that lingers on too long”

Jan 24, 2013, 6:05 PM EST

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The Phoenix Coyotes have recalled goalie Chad Johnson from AHL Portland on an emergency basis after starter Mike Smith was forced to leave Wednesday’s 5-1 win over Columbus with a lower-body injury.

Jason LaBarbera, who replaced Smith last night during the first period, will get the starting nod tonight in San Jose.

Commenting on Smith’s injury today, Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said, “Basically we caught it very early. Hopefully it’s nothing that lingers on too long.”

You can listen to the audio of the Tippett interview here. For what it’s worth, he didn’t sound too concerned.

It should be noted, however, that Smith has dealt with groin issues in the past.

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