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On This Day [March 19]: OEL Buries #100

Oliver Ekman-Larsson became the second defenseman to score 100 goals with the franchise on March 19, 2018

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

A game-winning goal, and a significant career milestone.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson registered the 100th goal of his NHL career while simultaneously spurring the Coyotes to a win over the Flames on March 19, 2018.

Arizona played the role of spoiler that evening, defeating a Calgary team that was desperate to maintain pace in the playoff race. The Coyotes pulled out a 5-2 victory, all but laying ruin to their division counterpart's chances at a postseason bid.


Entangled in a 2-2 tie with under five minutes to play, Ekman-Larsson jumped to join a rush on the left wing before pulling up to bury from the top of the left circle, beating former teammate Mike Smith high-glove after taking advantage of a favorable gap to shoot through a screen unintentionally established by Calgary defenseman Travis Hamonic.

Video: CGY@ARI: Ekman-Larsson roofs one for 100th goal

"It means a lot," Ekman-Larsson said of notching his 100th goal. "It obviously means that I'm doing something good out there," he added with a chuckle.

"I've been fortunate enough to play with some good players that are setting me up, it was nice to get it out of the way."

That night, Ekman-Larsson became just the second defenseman to score 100 goals with the franchise, joining Teppo Numminen, who scored 108 over the course of 15 seasons with the Jets and Coyotes from 1988-2003.

Since then, the Coyotes' captain has added to his career-total, and currently stands as the franchise leader in goals scored among defensemen with 125.

At the time, he was just the sixth Swedish defenseman in NHL history to reach the century mark in goals, joining the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom, Borje Salming, Fredrik Olausson, Erik Karlsson, and Calle Johansson. Victor Hedman has since joined that elite group of apt-to-score Swedish defensemen, expanding the club to seven.

Ekman-Larsson currently ranks fifth all-time in goals scored among Swedish NHL defensemen.

Lead Photo Credit: Norm Hall - NHLI via Getty Images // Footer Photo Credit: Kevin Abele - Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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Ekman-Larsson circles in the vicinity of former teammate Mike Smith during warm-up, who he would later notch his 100th-career goal against. (Norm Hall - NHLI via Getty Images)

Ekman-Larsson follows through on his 100th-goal shot. (Kevin Abele - Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Ekman-Larsson transfers weight to his left outside edge as he turns to celebrate. (Norm Hall - NHLI via Getty Images)

Awaiting the arrivals of teammates Christian Dvorak and Brendan Perlini. (Kevin Abele - Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Ekman-Larsson skates to the Coyotes' bench after scoring #100. (Norm Hall - NHLI via Getty Images)

Fox Sports Arizona's Todd Walsh presents the puck from goal #100 to Ekman-Larsson during a postgame interview. (Norm Hall - NHLI via Getty Images)

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Video: Ekman-Larsson, Domi power Coyotes past Flames, 5-2

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