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Phoenix made one big move at the trade deadline, picking forward Martin Erat, who played on the second line with Chipchura - in place of injured center Martin Hanzal- and Vrbata.

Montreal also added a big reinforcement, picking up high-scoring forward Thomas Vanek in a deal that sent a prospect and a draft pick to the New York Islanders.

Erat had the impact on his new team first, helping the Coyotes score on his first shift when Vrbata redirected a shot by David Schlemko and sent it bouncing past Peter Budaj.

Markov tied it later in the period on a slap shot from the left circle that bounced off the post and out of the net so quickly the officials didn’t count it until after reviewing it about a minute later.

Korpikoski put Phoenix back on top late in the period on another redirect, this one on a shot by Michael Stone for his first goal since Jan. 11. Ekman-Larsson put the Coyotes up 3-1 with 8.5 seconds left, beating Budaj on a wrister after a pass by Ribeiro from behind the goal.

“I think sometimes it’s travel, but that’s not an excuse,” Budaj said of Montreal’s slow start. “It’s not an excuse; you’ve got to be ready and I don’t think we were ready right off the hop.”

The Canadiens fought back in the second period, spent most of the period in Phoenix’s end, leading to a series of penalties, including a long 5-on-3 that led to Galchenyuk’s on a redirect.

But, after going more than 21 minutes without a shot, the Coyotes took control back, getting goals by Vrbata and a redirect by Doan to remain ninth in the Western Conference standings.

Notes: Hanzal missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. … Montreal concludes its four-game Western road swing in San Jose on Saturday. … A slashing call against Ribeiro early in the second period was the Coyotes first penalty in nearly 90 minutes. … Montreal had a goal by Brendan Gallagher waved off in the second period when David Desharnais was called for being in the crease.