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'Yotes Notes: Chychrun Scores First NHL Goal

Rookie Jakob Chychrun chipped in a tally in 5-2 loss to Montreal

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Chychrun's first career goal

ARI@MTL: Chychrun buries his first NHL goal

Jakob Chychrun rips a wrist shot on a rebound at the top of the circle to collect his first career goal, putting the Coyotes on the board

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Rookie Jakob Chychrun scored his first NHL goal on Thursday night as the Coyotes lost to the Montreal Canadiens, 5-2, at the Bell Centre.

Trailing 4-0, Chychrun scored with a wrist shot from the left circle at 6:36 of the second period past Canadiens goalie Carey Price.

Chychrun, 18, is the youngest player to score a goal for the Coyotes franchise since it moved to Arizona from Winnipeg in 1996.

"It's nice to get your first goal in the NHL but it's tough after a loss to enjoy it," Chychrun said. "I definitely would have rather had a win." 

The Coyotes selected Chychrun 16th overall at this year's NHL Draft. He played 19:08, took three shots on goal and delivered four hits on Thursday in his second NHL game. He has one goal and one assist in two games.

"I've been saying for a while I think I can play in this league," Chychrun said. "I think I'm just trying to do my best to prove them that."

Video: Jakob Chychrun discusses scoring first NHL goal

• The Coyotes have allowed 15 goals in the first three games of the season, and have been outscored, 12-6, in their first two road games.

"Some of the execution is not what it needs to be," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "For us, we need all the parts to work to be real competitive … We've got a lot of players that the expectations are high for them. You look at Max (Domi) and (Anthony) Duclair, these guys have to shoulder some responsibility and not the just young players, so we've got a group in there that can do a better job with execution."

Video: Dave Tippett discusses Coyotes' 5-2 loss at Montreal

• Goalie Justin Peters relieved starter Louis Domingue at 5:49 of the second period after Domingue allowed Montreal to score its fourth goal of the game on its 19th shot.

The Coyotes recalled Peters from the American Hockey League on an emergency basis on Wednesday after Mike Smith suffered a lower-body injury in Tuesday's loss at Ottawa. Smith returned to Arizona on Thursday for further medical treatment.

Peters, whom Carolina drafted 38th overall in 2004, entered the game with 80 games on his NHL resume. He stopped 23 of 24 shots in 34:11 of ice time.

"Obviously you want to try to take advantage of every opportunity you get," Peters said. "You never know when you're going to get that opportunity, so everyday in the NHL I try not to take for granted. I'm thankful to be here today." 

Video: Justin Peters discusses his play in loss at Montreal

Tippett was pleased by Peters' performance.

"He was good," Tippett said. "He's a good veteran guy. We signed him in that role and he came in and did a real good job and made some good saves for us."

Tippett said Domingue would start Friday's game at the New York Islanders.

• Rookie Laurent Dauphin scored Arizona's second goal at 16:09 of the second period. The short-handed goal was Dauphin's second in the NHL, and it came in front of about 30 of his guests. Dauphin grew up in a nearby suburb of Montreal and made his Bell Centre debut as an NHL player in this game.

Video: ARI@MTL: Dauphin cleans up rebound for SHG

"It's a nice moment for me growing up here but we want to win," Dauphin said.

• Captain Shane Doan played just 13:55 but led the team in shots on goal (five) and hits (seven). 

• Defenseman Michael Stone continues to skate and may return to the lineup during this six-game road trip. Stone, of course, is on the injured reserve list and hasn't played since suffering a major knee injury at the end of last season.


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