Lost in the shuffle of a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, Coyotes captain Shane Doan joined the NHL’s 900 Club less than three minutes into the game.
Playing in his 1,399th NHL game, Doan scored his first goal of the season at 2:12 of the first period for his 900th point. It’s a significant feat because only one other player in the history of the Coyotes/Jets franchise – Dale Hawerchuk – has accomplished it.
Doan added two assists in the game to reach 902 points. He needs 27 more to tie Hawerchuk (929). Doan also is just 10 goals behind Hawerchuk for most in franchise history.
After the game, Doan was concerned about the team’s recent poor play after a solid start to the season.
“That’s two (losses) in a row at home,” Doan told reporters. “We didn’t think we started the way we needed to and that can’t be a trend.”
Wayne Gretzky, by the way, holds the NHL record for points with 2,857.
► With forward Jordan Martinook sidelined because of injury, forward Joe Vitale played his first game of the season after sitting out the first four as a healthy scratch. Vitale, normally a center, filled in for Martinook at left wing.
Vitale did not get an assist on Doan’s goal in the first period but his aggressive play in the crease helped make the goal happen as Doan swiped a loose puck past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask amid traffic.
Early in the second period, Vitale swapped punches with Boston defenseman Kevan Miller during Vitale’s 11th NHL fight. He left the game after the tussle and did not return.
Head Coach Dave Tippett said Vitale was taken to a hospital for X-rays, presumably on his face or right hand.
► Despite the close score of the game, Tippett did not like the way in which the Coyotes played.
“Our execution was poor,” Tippett told reporters. “When you don’t make two or three passes together it’s hard to get any flow in your game (and) hard to get any speed… To look fast you’ve got to be able to move the puck fast and go tape to tape and not bat it around like a tennis ball out there. They did too much batting tonight.”
► Forward Tobias Rieder is averaging a point per game after five games. On Saturday, Rieder scored his third goal of the season and the 16th of his young NHL career.
► Defenseman Zbynek Michalek quietly blocked seven shots vs. the Bruins.
► Center Antoine Vermette, who left Thursday’s game because of a lower-body injury, played on Saturday to extend his consecutive regular-season games streak to 480 — the second longest streak in the NHL.
► The Bruins attempted a Coach’s Challenge in Saturday’s game but lost it.
Here’s the official ruling from the NHL:
At 2:12 of the first period in the Bruins/Coyotes game, Boston requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether an Arizona player interfered with Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask prior to Shane Doan’s goal.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.
Therefore the original call stands – good goal Arizona Coyotes.
Since the Coach’s Challenge did not result in the original call being overturned, the Boston Bruins forfeit their time-out.