Information, observations and anecdotes about the Coyotes
as told by Dave Vest, the team's V.P. of News Content
ANAHEIM – It was really fun watching Kyle Turris and Mikkel Boedker
score their first NHL goals on Sunday at the Honda Center. Both first-round draft picks likely will score many, many more before they’re through.
“These kids are good,” Head Coach Wayne Gretzky told reporters after the game. “I’ve been saying that for a while. They’re pretty special. They work hard and they see the game, they understand the game and they want to get better and they practice hard.”
The team always saves the puck for a player when that player scores his first NHL goal and presents it to the player on a plaque.
I asked both players what they planned to do with their milestone pucks.
“It’s really special to get a goal,” Boedker said. “I never really thought I’d score a goal in my second game. It’s hard to believe right now. But when I get home and get the puck up on my wall next to my (OHL championship) ring, I’ll probably sit there for a minute and look at it and smile."
Turris said he’d give his puck to his parents, who were at the Honda Center and watched their son’s milestone in person.
“I was very lucky to have them growing up and I wouldn’t be anywhere without them,” Turris said. “They definitely deserve it.”
Turris’ goal was a back-hander from in close after a hard pass from Keith Yandle
hit one of his skates. Turris joked that time seemingly stood still as he watched the puck go off his stick and into the net.
“I looked at the ref to make sure he didn’t blow whistle,” Turris said. “Once I realized he didn’t, I just through my arms up in the air (in triumph).”
By the way, the last time two Coyotes scored their first NHL goals in the same game was on Oct. 28, 2006 when Patrick Fischer and Matt Jones did it.
Two games into the season and forward Daniel Carcillo has yet to be sent to the penalty box. I asked the reigning NHL penalty minute king what the deal was.
“I haven’t played my best the first two games and I’m just trying to get into the swing of things and do whatever I can when I get out there,” he said. “I don’t want to hurt the team when I’m out there, but I’ve got to find that edge.”
• Nothing was announced, but look for goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to keep starting until the Coyotes lose a game. Gretzky is all about “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” especially when it comes to goalies.
• Olli Jokinen is 2-for-2 for being voted the No. 1 star this season. No offense to Olli, but my vote for Sunday’s No. 1 star goes to Steven Reinprecht, who set up Phoenix’s first two goals with slick passes and who was the only player on the ice who was a plus 3.
• Sunday’s game got ugly at the very end as several fights broke out. Martin Hanzal
and Corey Perry went at it. Ditto Kurt Sauer and Ryan Getzlaf. Should make for a fun rematch on Jan. 4.
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