‘Yotes Notes: Doan, Stone Injured in Win Over Flyers
/ Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE – Captain Shane Doan and defenseman Michael Stone suffered injuries in the third period of a 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday night at Gila River Arena. Both left the game and did not return.
According to Head Coach Dave Tippett, Stone’s lower-body injury, which he suffered after getting tangled with Flyers forward Michael Raffl with 8:37 left, appears to be serious.
“I watched it on tape, it didn’t look very good,” Tippett said. “But we will see where it is (in the morning).”
As for Doan, who appeared wobbly and needed to be helped off the ice after being hit into the boards from behind by Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas at 6:07 of the third period, Tippett said he “seemed fine” after the game, and that he was removed from the game as a precaution.
Doan scored his 26th goal of the season on a power play at 15:37 of the second period to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead, which they never relinquished.
Stone gave Arizona a 2-0 lead at 19:59 of the second period. The goal was reviewed twice, first to see if it was scored before time had expired and then to see if rookie Max Domi had interfered with Flyers goalie Steve Mason.
Here’s the official ruling from the NHL:
“At 19:59 of the second period in the Flyers/Coyotes game, Philadelphia requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Max Domi interfered with Philadelphia goaltender Steve Mason before the puck entered the net.
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.”
• Lost in the shuffle of the two injuries and the numerous melees and ejections on Saturday, goalie Mike Smith stopped 34 of 35 shots and earned his fourth win in five games since returning from core muscle surgery.
“Mike Smith was so good tonight, he was excellent,” Tippett said. “He spent the last couple minutes killing a penalty on a call that was tough. I thought he probably deserved a shutout tonight, but that’s the way the game goes.”
Smith enjoyed the intensity of the game.
“It was a playoff-like mentality out there,” Smith said. “They were fighting for their (playoff) lives... I think we want to play like we’re in the playoffs right now. We want to get used to playing in those games. If we want to move forward and be a playoff team, I think we need to match that intensity and match that work ethic.”
• Defenseman Connor Murphy logged 28:26 of ice time, blocked two shots and delivered two hits on his 23rd birthday. Murphy’s dad, former NHL defenseman Gord Murphy, got to wish his son a happy birthday in person because he is an assistant coach for the Flyers.
• With the win, Tippett evened his record vs. Dave Hakstol to 1-1-0. It’s significant because the two head coaches are friends and both played their college hockey at the University of North Dakota, at different times.
• The Coyotes wore warm-up jerseys with the word “D-backs” across the front of them as part of “D-backs Night” at the arena. Other baseball touches included D-backs pitcher Patrick Corbin dropping the ceremonial first puck and D-backs organist Bobby Freeman playing live organ music throughout the game.
• Thanks to a scoring change announced before Saturday’s game, defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson set an NHL record by notching his eighth game-winning goal in Thursday’s game vs. the Dallas Stars.
Center Martin Hanzal was originally credited with the goal – his 100th in the NHL – at 0:55 of the second period, but the team announced Saturday that the NHL had reviewed the goal and decided that Hanzal never touched the puck and that the goal had been credited to Ekman-Larsson.
“I’m really proud of that,” Ekman-Larsson said. “I didn’t think about it much. I was just happy for Marty to get his 100th goal, but obviously I’ll take it. It’s a great feeling for me.”
Ekman-Larsson entered Thursday’s game tied with five players for the NHL record for game-winning goals by a defenseman with seven. He’s now alone atop that list.
The goal was also the 20th goal of the season for Ekman-Larsson, who scored 23 last season. He is just the second defenseman in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in consecutive seasons; Phil Housley also did it in 1990-91 and 1991-92.
Hanzal scored later in Thursday’s game so he still gets to celebrate reaching the 100-goal plateau.