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‘Yotes Notes: Doan Scores Key Goal, Inches Closer to Points Record

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE - Captain Shane Doan helped the Coyotes secure a point on Thursday night at Gila River Arena when he scored a game-tying goal against the Chicago Blackhawks at 11:30 of the third period.

Trailing 4-3, Doan notched a wraparound goal through Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford that tied the score and ultimately sent the game into overtime.

Chicago won, 5-4, when Jonathan Toews beat Louis Domingue with a shot with 0:29 left in the 3-on-3 session.

“We need to get that second point and we didn’t,” said Doan, who has scored 13 of his 18 goals at home. “It’s big getting one (point), but we’ve got to find ways to get that second one right now because everything is so tight. Two points are important.”

The goal was Doan’s team-leading 18th of the season and it was also the 926th point of his career. Heading into Friday’s game at Anaheim, Doan needs just three points to tie Dale Hawerchuk for the most points in Coyotes/Jets history.

• In two games played this season, the Coyotes and Blackhawks have combined to score 21 goals in just under 125 minutes. That averages out to about a goal scored about every six minutes.

Thursday’s game featured numerous lead changes and momentum swings.

“It was entertaining,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “Lots of yelling and screaming, jumping up and down, sticks breaking, and sticks falling. There was lots of entertainment out there. It was just too bad we didn’t get the extra point. We gave up too many chances. Some of that is mistakes that we made, but some of that is just the pure skill that they have, so you got to combine that. I look at that game and there were some good parts, some things that we did well, and there are some things that we didn’t do well and they exploited it.”

Forward Mikkel Boedker, who ended a 15-game goal-scoring drought, agreed.

“Obviously we’re disappointed,” Boedker said. “I think we had some good chances on both ends and they capitalized on the last one. We got one point, but it would’ve been nice with two. I think we played a strong game against a strong team. They’re a really good team. It’s something that you strive to compete against and I think we did an okay job tonight. We’ve still got to get better to stay in this playoff hunt.”

• The Coyotes fell behind 1-0 when Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa backhanded a shot past Domingue from the crease at 15:40 of the first period. The Coyotes, however, challenged the goal citing goaltender interference by Hossa.

Here’s the official ruling by the NHL:

“At 15:40 of the first period in the Blackhawks/Coyotes game, Arizona requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Marian Hossa interfered with goaltender Louis Domingue before the puck entered the net.

The Referee determined that Hossa interfered with Domingue before the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Referee, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to ‘Interference on the Goalkeeper,’ as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3 and 69.4.”

Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Chicago Blackhawks.”

• Boedker (79) and defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (69) entered the game with 148 career goals, but neither had scored a goal vs. Chicago in a regular-season game. That changed on Thursday when Ekman-Larsson scored at 17:12 of the first period for his first goal vs. the Blackhawks in 16 games, and when Boedker scored at 12:26 of the second period for his first goal vs. the Blackhawks in 19 games.

Ekman-Larsson also had two assists in the game to record his fifth multi-point game of the season. In two games vs. Chicago this season he has six points (one goal, five assists).

• Rookie Jordan Martinook scored a goal at 12:35 of the second period to create the first goal-scoring streak of his brief NHL career. Martinook, who also scored in Tuesday’s loss vs. Los Angeles, has notched three goals in his past five games.

• The Coyotes scored two goals – by Boedker and Martinook – in a nine-second span of the second period. While fast, it was not a franchise record for fastest two goals scored. That record was set on Dec. 15, 1995 when Deron Quint scored twice four seconds apart for the Winnipeg Jets vs. Edmonton.

• Center Brad Richardson celebrated his 30th birthday by notching his 16th assist of the season to tie his career-high set with the Kings in 2009-10.

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