Clayton Keller registered his 23rd goal of the 2017-18 season two years ago today to put the finishing touches on a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, setting a Coyotes record for goals in a season by a rookie.
The milestone goal may have been the easiest one the freshman forward scored that season. It was the first one he notched into an empty net, though it put to rest a Lightning club that touted more wins (51) than any other team in the NHL at the time.
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Keller's goal broke Peter Mueller's rookie record of 22 set in 2007-08, which is followed by additional outstanding first-year goal totals from Anthony Duclair (20, 2015-16), Trevor Letowski (19, 1999-00), and Max Domi (18, 2015-16).
Earlier in the game, Keller assisted on Jakob Chychrun 's second period tally - which proved to stand as the game-winner. For Keller, it was his 14th multi-point game of the year, which is also a rookie club record. Domi finished his 2015-16 rookie campaign with 12 multi-point performances.
His goal against the Lightning extended his point streak, at the time, to nine games. That stretch would continue and end at 10 games - again, a club rookie record.
Five days prior on March 21, 2018, Keller set - you guessed it - a club rookie record for points (55) and assists (35) with two assists in a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
He was soon named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for March of 2018 after amassing 19 points (6G, 13A) in 17 games during the month - the most ever registered by a first-year player in a single month in club history.
Keller finished his rookie season with 23 goals and 42 assists for a total of 65 points, all which stand as rookie records since the franchise relocated to the Valley prior to the 1996-97 season.
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