Rookie Laurent Dauphin notched his first NHL goal at 14:00 of the second period on Monday night in Arizona’s 3-2 win over Vancouver at Rogers Arena.
Playing in just his third NHL game, Dauphin, stationed near the right post, slid the puck into an inviting net with Canucks goalie Jacob Marsktom out of position.
“I just cut to the net and then Tobi (Rieder) made a good pass to me and I saw the open net. I got really excited after that,” Dauphin said.
Teammate Anthony Duclair gathered the puck so Dauphin could keep it. He told reporters he would give it to his father.
"He’s been really good for me hockey-wise and life-wise," Dauphin said.
Dauphin may have to let goalie Louis Domingue enjoy the puck for a little while before presenting it to his dad. That’s because Domingue assisted on the goal for his first NHL point.
The Coyotes selected Dauphin with the 39th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. They traded up three spots to make sure they got him.
• While Domingue was credited with the secondary assist on Dauphin’s goal, forward Tobias Rieder earned the primary assist for his 22nd point of the season. He notched 21 points as a rookie last season.
• Domingue stopped 35 of 37 shots to improve his record to 4-0-2 in his past six starts.
“He’s calm in there and plays the puck pretty well,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “He’s given us a chance to win and that’s all we ask of him. He has played very well and when you play well you usually play more. ”
• Captain Shane Doan scored two more goals and leads the team with 15. Remarkably, Doan has scored 11 of those goals in the past 12 games.
“I told him he should buy a lottery ticket today,” Tippett said. “He’s getting lots of chances. Good for him. He's playing hard and having fun.”
Doan played in his 1,424th game to tie Pat Verbeek for 28th place on the NHL’s all-time games played list.
"It feels good to contribute,” Doan said. “It's fun when you're contributing and it's fun when you win."
• The Coyotes improved to 8-1-2 vs. Pacific Division teams.
“Division games, we always talk about them, they’re really important,” Tippett said. “The way the playoff system is set up you have to do well in your own division. So that’s a goal of ours at the start of the year, and we’ve been fortunate to get some wins.”
• Center Boyd Gordon returned to the lineup after missing four games because of an upper-body injury and blocked three shots.
• Defenseman Michael Stone appeared to score his fourth goal of the season in the third period, but the Canucks challenged the goal contending the Coyotes were off-side.
Here’s the official ruling from the NHL:
“At 4:35 of the third period in the Coyotes/Canucks game, Vancouver requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Arizona was off-side prior to their goal.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Arizona’s Max Domi was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”
Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Arizona Coyotes.
The clock is re-set to show 15:42 (4:18 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.
Since the Coach’s Challenge resulted in the original call being overturned, the Vancouver Canucks retain their time-out.”