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Ekman-Larsson Sets Franchise Record for Goals by Defenseman

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

DALLAS -- Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a goal at 8:39 of the first period vs. the Dallas Stars on Monday night to set a new franchise record for goals scored by a defenseman.

Ekman-Larsson entered the game with 108 goals, tied with former team captain Teppo Numminen. He scored his 109th with a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Stars goalie Ben Bishop during a four-on-four sequence inside American Airlines Center. Nick Cousins and Clayton Keller assisted on the goal, which gave Arizona a 1-0 lead.

Ekman-Larsson has scored 109 goals in 627 games played for the Coyotes franchise. Numminen tallied 108 goals in 1,098 games with the club.

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Dallas beat Arizona, 5-4, on Monday night.

"It's obviously hard when you don't win the game," Ekman-Larsson said regarding talking about his record. "You'd rather win the hockey game than break records. It means a lot to me that I've been able to score a lot of goals for this organization and, hopefully, I have a lot more in me."

He added: "Obviously, Teppo was an unbelievable player for a long time here so it means a lot to move past him."

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