GLENDALE -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his 100th NHL goal in dramatic fashion on Monday night to lead the Coyotes to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames at Gila River Arena.
The goal, which Ekman-Larsson scored on former teammate Mike Smith, gave Arizona a 3-2 lead at 16:19 of the third period, and it enabled him to join an exclusive club. Only six NHL defensemen from Sweden have tallied 100 goals in the League. The others: Nicklas Lidstrom (264), Borje Salming (150), Fredrik Olausson (147), Calle Johansson (119) and Erik Karlsson (125).
"It means a lot," Ekman-Larsson said. "Obviously it means I'm doing something good out there and I've been fortunate enough to play with some good players that have been setting me up ... It means a lot to score on Mike. Obviously we've (played) with each other and now we're playing against each other. It was a fluky goal … I saw it went in and it was a great feeling. I was just happy."