‘Yotes Notes: Doan Becomes Franchise Leader for Points & Power-Play Goals
/ Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE – Captain Shane Doan became the Coyotes/Jets franchise leader for points and power-play goals on Friday night in the team’s 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames at Gila River Arena.
“I’m sure at the end I’ll look and appreciate everything,” Doan said. “It’s been pretty special. This year's been fun.”
Doan, 39, scored an even-strength goal at 3:31 of the first period to notch his 929th point, tying Dale Hawerchuk’s record, which he set from 1981-90 while playing when the franchise was based in Winnipeg.
Then, in the second period, Doan broke the record by discreetly assisting on a power-play goal by defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored at 6:51. Doan was not immediately credited with the assist. In fact, his assist wasn’t announced until late in the third period.
After the game, a reporter asked Doan when he knew he got record-setting point No. 930 on the Ekman-Larsson goal.
“When they announced it,” he said with a smile.
He added, “I thought I got it but it wasn’t a big deal. If they saw it, they saw it. If they didn’t, they didn’t.”
Not content with one record, Doan scored his record-breaking 123rd power-play goal at 17:32 of the third period, not long after his record-setting assist was announced. Hawerchuk held that record for 25 years, too, with 122.
Doan, of course, broke Hawerchuk’s franchise record for goals scored when he notched No. 380 on Dec. 31. He recently hinted that the points record would mean slightly more to him than the goals record by noting that the Art Ross Trophy, which the NHL awards to the top point producer of the season, has been handed out since 1947-48 whereas the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, which the NHL hands out to the top goal scorer of the season, has been awarded only since 1998-99.
The first goal Doan scored on Friday was his 388th and his 20th of the season, giving him 13 seasons in which he has notched 20 or more goals. He is the 35th NHL player aged 39 or older to notch 20 goals in one season. Only three active NHL players have more 20-goal seasons: Jaromir Jagr (18), Jarome Iginla (16) and Marian Hossa (14). Vincent Lecavalier also has 13 seasons with 20 or more goals.
“I appreciate everything,” Doan said. “It’s been pretty special. This year has been fun and (we’re) finding ways to win games. We’re in February and no one predicted us to be in the middle of it. We’re not where we want to be right now, but we’re not too far away from it. We’ve just got to find a way to win the next games. That makes it fun and that’s part of relishing in it. It means so much more because of it.”
Regarding Doan’s age, Tippett said: “He’s in great shape and playing with a lot of younger players and he looks like he’s just having fun. Good for him. He’s got passion to play still (and) his body’s in good shape. That’s usually the thing that breaks down here. You feel like you could still play but your body doesn’t let you, but his body is doing fine.”
• The Coyotes killed all five of Calgary’s power plays.
“Our PK has been real strong,” said goalie Louis Domingue, who made 26 saves to earn his 10th win of the season. “It's been giving us momentum throughout the last few games. It’s a good sign.”
With 10 wins, Domingue ties Robert Esche (2000-01) for the most wins in a season by a rookie goalie in Coyotes history.
• Ekman-Larsson’s power-play goal was his 10th power-play goal of the season. That ties his career-high for power-play goals in a season, which he set last season. His goal also was the game-winner, his seventh this season, which ties his career high from last season.
• Defenseman Michael Stone notched two assists to give him a career-high 22 points this season. Stone’s previous career-high for points was 21 set in 2013-14.
• Arizona ended an eight-game losing streak vs. Flames goalie Jonas Hiller, who hadn’t lost to the Coyotes since Nov. 23, 2011.
• The Coyotes, who entered the game as the NHL’s leading face-off team, dominated the Flames in the face-off circles, winning 63 percent of the draws. Antoine Vermette led the way by winning 17 of 25 face-offs, and Martin Hanzal won 11 of 13.
• For a few moments, it appeared as if forward Tobias Rieder scored the team’s second short-handed goal of the season at 0:31 of the second period. The goal was quickly reversed after video review.
Here’s the official - albeit short and sweet - ruling from the NHL:
“At 0:31 of the second period in the Flames/Coyotes game, video review determined that Tobias Rieder's shot did not cross the Calgary goal line. No goal Arizona.”