Glendale, AZ ( - Radim Vrbata notched a hat trick to lead the Phoenix Coyotes in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers to open the season.

Kyle Chipchura scored the other goal while Mike Smith made 23 saves for the Coyotes, who finished in last place in the Pacific Division last season.

Marc Staal had the only goal of the game, while Henrik Lundqvist posted 28 saves for the Rangers, who were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs last season by the Boston Bruins.

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