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FIRST GOAL IS KEY TO SUCCESS

by Russell Brooks / Arizona Coyotes
The Coyotes scored the first goal in both games they’ve played this season, and it’s a big reason why they won twice.


“The first goal is the key,” said center Olli Jokinen, who has notched a goal and two assists this season. “I heard guys were talking about last year saying how the team used to be down by one or two goals a lot. It’s been a different story this year.”

Last season, the Coyotes had a 27-4-4 record in the games in which they scored first. Furthermore, the team only scored 50 first-period goals last season, which was good for 29th in the NHL. In two games this season, the Coyotes have scored three first-period goals.

Meanwhile, the special teams are clicking.

“Our power play is getting some good goals which is a key part of the game,” Head Coach Wayne Gretzky said.

The Coyotes scored two first-period, power-play goals in the season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets while captain Shane Doan added an important fourth goal on a power play Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks.

The penalty-kill unit also has played well, having killed seven of eight power plays in the two games while limiting prime scoring chances.

“Our penalty kill is really solid,” Gretzky said. “We have really cut down on our chances against. You are going to get opportunities on the (penalty kill), but we have really done a nice job of stopping them.”


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