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‘Yotes Notes: Arizona Leads NHL with Five Hat Tricks

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE -- Rookie Max Domi notched his first NHL hat trick on Tuesday night to lead the Coyotes to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Gila River Arena.

It was the fifth hat trick of the season for the Coyotes, which leads the NHL. The franchise record for hat tricks in one season is seven set in 1986-87 and 1991-92. The Coyotes notched six in 2007-08.

The other Coyotes who scored three goals in a game this season are Anthony Duclair (on Oct. 14 vs. Anaheim), Mikkel Boedker twice (on Oct. 24 vs. Ottawa and Nov. 28 vs. Ottawa), and Shane Doan (on Dec. 29 vs. Chicago).

The hat trick was extra sweet for Domi because he hadn’t scored a goal since Dec. 4 – a 15-game drought.

“When you're going through tough times you just keep grinding it out and working on little things and hope one day you get lucky,” Domi said. “That’s kind of what happened tonight.”

Domi later joked that perhaps there was another reason he broke out of his scoring slump on Tuesday.

"I actually got a haircut today,” Domi said. “Maybe that was it."

With three goals on Tuesday, Domi jumped from fifth on the team in goals scored to second with 13. Only Doan has more with 15.

“I think he’s been unbelievable all season,” defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson said. “It’s not all about scoring points and he’s working hard every single day. I’m very happy for him that he got the hat trick. We just have to keep going.”

• Ekman-Larsson assisted on all three of Domi’s goals and scored the game-winner with nine seconds left in overtime. The four-point game was a career-best for Ekman-Larsson playing in his 381st NHL game.

• With the win, Arizona extended its point streak vs. Edmonton to 21 games. The Coyotes haven’t lost to the Oilers in regulation since Jan. 25, 2011.

• Dave Tippett coached his 500th regular-season game with the Coyotes on Tuesday.

“I have enjoyed my time here,” Tippett said after the game. “My family enjoys it here. I love this team. Hopefully we get to continue to build it and make it a team everybody is really proud of.”

• The Coyotes dominated the Oilers in the face-off circles winning 63 percent of the draws. Antoine Vermette led the way by winning 14 of 21, and Martin Hanzal was close behind with 12 wins on 18 tries.

• Goalie Mike Smith skated in pads on Tuesday morning for the first time since core muscle surgery on Dec. 15. Smith was expected to miss 8-10 weeks after the surgery and remains on that schedule.

“It's right about the same timeline that we talked about,” Tippett said. “He had pads on for the first time today but we're not even in the realm of talking about (a return). It was more skating with pads on then taking shots. He was out there 15 minutes maybe."

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