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Personal Milestones Keep Coming for Coyotes

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – Forward Rob Klinkhammer scored his first NHL goal in his first game with Phoenix on Saturday night to cap a busy and memorable week for personal milestones among the Coyotes.


Klinkhammer, who entered the game with 16 games on his NHL resume, netted his first career goal at 7:31 of the second period to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead. They won 2-1.

“I couldn’t ask for it to happen any better, it was a great game,” Klinkhammer said. “The whole game I was into it and the fans were into it… I was having a lot of fun out there.”

Meanwhile, Captain Shane Doan recently reached a couple of milestones.

First, Doan notched his 800th NHL point on March 4 when he scored a goal in the third period vs. Anaheim.

Asked to reflect on his feat, Doan smiled and said: "It means you've been around a long time, that's about it. I probably should have gotten there a lot sooner but I'm there finally."

Shane Doan shows the puck he used to notch his 800th NHL point. Photo by Norm Hall.

That same goal also was his 324th with the team and it moved him into sole possession of second place on the franchise’s all-time goal scoring list behind only Dale Hawerchuk (379).

Some other recent milestones reached:

* Defenseman Keith Yandle scored a power-play goal in the second period of the game vs. Anaheim on March 4. It was the 200th point of Yandle’s NHL career.

* Center Antoine Vermette scored his 150th NHL goal on March 4 vs. Anaheim.

* Forward Paul Bissonnette played in his 150th NHL game on March 7 vs. St. Louis.

* Forward Chris Brown made his NHL debut on March 4 vs. Anaheim to become just the fifth Texan to play in the NHL. The others are: Brian Leetch, Mike Christie, Tyler Myers and Zach Redmond.

* Looking ahead, Coyotes forward Steve Sullivan is just nine games from playing in his 1,000th NHL game. Sullivan, who signed with Phoenix in the off-season, has played for six teams – New Jersey, Toronto, Chicago, Nashville, Pittsburgh and Phoenix - since breaking into the League in 1995. Meanwhile, goalie Mike Smith will play in his 250th NHL game on Tuesday vs. Los Angeles.

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