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Coyotes top scorer Radim Vrbata will play in Game 2 vs. the Blackhawks

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata, the Phoenix Coyotes' top scorer, will play in Game 2 Saturday at Jobing.com Arena after suffering an upper-body injury in the opener.

Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said after the team's morning skate that Vrbata would play. Vrbata left Game 1 early in the first after getting hit by Blackhawks grinder Andrew Shaw and falling awkwardly. Shaw said he thought Vrbata hurt his shoulder.

"We were aware of him going into the series," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He's a dangerous player and that line [he's on] is effective in a lot of ways be it off the rush or in zones. He's one of those guys in tight areas gets his shot away so we want to make sure we're hard on him."

Vrbata, a former Hawk, led the Coyotes with a career-best 35 goals this season. He took only two shifts and played only 30 seconds in Game 1 on Thursday.

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