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Many Milestones Reached in Young Season

Three Coyotes rookies have scored their first NHL goal this season

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Several Coyotes players have reached significant milestones in their NHL careers this season. 

Three of the five rookies who made the team out of training camp scored their first NHL goal before the campaign was 10 games old.

Defenseman Jakob Chychrun was the first to do so when he beat Canadiens goalie Carey Price with a shot on Oct. 20 at Montreal in just his second NHL game. Chychrun, 18, became the youngest player in Coyotes history to score his first career NHL goal.

Video: ARI@MTL: Chychrun buries his first NHL goal

Forward Lawson Crouse scored his first NHL goal on home ice against Sharks goalie Martin Jones on Nov. 1, and forward Christian Dvorak joined the club during the next home game when he beat Predators goalie Pekka Rinne with a nice backhanded shot for a goal on Nov. 3.

Video: NSH@ARI: Dvorak dances in to net first career goal

All three young players said it was a relief to score their first NHL goal and that it was a moment they never would forget.

• Forward Radim Vrbata scored his 42nd shootout goal in a win over Nashville on Nov. 3 to move into a tie with Frans Nielsen for the most shootout goals scored in NHL history. 

• Forward Brad Richardson played in his 600th NHL game on Nov. 1 and punctuated the occasion by scoring a goal. Meanwhile, forward Anthony Duclair played in his 100th NHL game on Oct. 15. 

• Captain Shane Doan, who turned 40 years old on Oct. 10, is closing in on several huge milestones.

Doan is just three goals shy of 400 in his NHL career. Only 91 NHL players have scored that many goals. And Doan also is just three assists shy of setting the franchise record for assists. Doan entered Friday's game at Anaheim with 551 helpers; Thomas Steen holds the team record with 553. 

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