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Ekman-Larsson Captures Record for Most Points by Coyotes Defenseman

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

GLENDALE -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson assisted on Arizona's lone goal on Sunday night vs. Vegas to capture the record for most points produced by a defenseman in Coyotes history, dating to 1996-97 when the team moved from Winnipeg to Phoenix.

Ekman-Larsson, 27, entered the game at Gila River Arena tied with former Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle with 311 points. He notched his 312th when Alex Galchenyuk converted his pass from the high slot into a power-play goal past Marc-Andre Fleury at 16:57 of the second period.

Video: VGK@ARI: Galchenyuk nets PPG on Ekman-Larsson's feed

"It's a great feeling," Ekman-Larsson said. "I'm so proud of myself. Hopefully I can add a lot more points."

Ekman-Larsson and Yandle were teammates with the Coyotes for five seasons.

"Keith was a great teammate and a good hockey player, too," Ekman-Larsson said. "He helped me a lot and it was a lot of fun to play with him and build some chemistry with him over the years. He's a big part of why I passed him."

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Next up, Ekman-Larsson is poised to capture the franchise record for goals scored by a defenseman. Teppo Numminen owns that mark with 108, but Ekman-Larsson is close behind with 107.

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