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'Yotes Notes: DeAngelo Scores Goal In NHL Debut

Defenseman Anthony DeAngelo chipped in offensively vs. Avs on Tuesday

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

Defenseman Anthony DeAngelo made his NHL debut on Tuesday night a very special one by scoring his first NHL goal in Arizona's 4-2 win over Colorado at the Pepsi Center. 

With his parents and other family members watching in the arena, DeAngelo one-timed the puck from the right circle past Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard at 16:15 of the second period to pull the Coyotes into a 2-2 tie. Max Domi set up the goal with a nifty pass delivered after he skated behind Colorado's goal.

"(Domi) wrapped it around (the goal) and they kind of collapsed, and I just tried to stay in the slot area," DeAngelo said. "It was a great pass and I just tried to put it on net."

DeAngelo is the fifth player to make his NHL debut with Arizona this season and the 10th player in Coyotes history to score a goal in his NHL debut.

"It was an awesome experience," DeAngelo said. "I settled down as the game went on. The first couple of shifts I was nervous, but it's just hockey once you get into it. I felt really good and the guys made me feel really comfortable."

Arizona recalled DeAngelo from the American Hockey League on Monday after defenseman Michael Stone was moved to the injured-reserve list because of an upper-body injury.

Video: Anthony DeAngelo discusses scoring his first NHL goal

"He played very well," Head Coach Dave Tippett said.  "...He moved the puck very well. He's a unique talent. He's got unbelievable skill with the puck. I thought he moved it very well all night."

The Coyotes acquired DeAngelo via trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning on the second day of this year's NHL Draft. The Lightning selected the DeAngelo, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, with the 19th overall pick in 2014.

• Tippett liked the effort from his team after a humbling, 5-1 loss to Anaheim last Friday.

"We took a step forward," Tippett said. "The guys worked very hard. That's probably the closest thing to a complete game we've played all year. (We) got good contributions right throughout our lineup and ended up in a good win."

Video: Dave Tippett discusses Coyotes' 4-2 win over Avs

Jordan Martinook scored twice to tie a career-high for goals in a game. He also scored two goals on Oct. 18 vs. Ottawa. His goals on Tuesday came at 0:28 of the first period and 0:11 of the third period.

"When you're put in situations that you kind of need to produce offense, it gives you confidence," Martinook said. "Playing with (Radim Vrbata and Jamie McGinn), they were all over it tonight. For me to be able to kind of use my speed and be able to play with them and read off them, it was a good mix."

Video: Jordan Martinook discusses Coyotes' 4-2 win over Avs

• Just over a minute after setting up DeAngelo's goal, Domi scored his first goal of the season - off the stick and body of Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson - to give the Coyotes a 3-2 lead. 

It wasn't the prettiest goal, but Domi will take it. 

"He's around it and we've been talking about that," Tippett said. "But that being said, you've got to go do it. It was a good effort by him. He went out, he got a break on the goal but you look at the chances and the assists he had, it's good stuff."

Domi notched three points in the game to tie his career high for points in a game. He did it twice as a rookie last season.

• Vrbata assisted on Martinook's second goal to notch the 300th assist of his NHL career.

• Tyler Gaudet, whom the Coyotes recalled from the AHL on Monday along with DeAngelo, played 13:10 as the center of the fourth line.

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