GLENDALE – Captain Shane Doan was disappointed the Coyotes lost, 3-1, to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night at Gila River Arena, especially considering it was the night on which the franchise honored him for breaking its record for goals scored.
Before the game, the Coyotes saluted Doan, a 20-year veteran, with a ceremony that featured various gifts from the team and his teammates, and video messages from friends, former teammates and admirers.
But the best part, Doan said, was having his wife Andrea and their four children on the ice with him for the ceremony.
“It was really very, very nice to have my wife and kids out there,” Doan said. “Over the 20 years they’ve made a pretty big sacrifice of my time and their time. Hockey’s been put first in the their lives a lot, so it was pretty nice for them to get out there and get recognized a little bit.”
• Doan also was grateful to the Coyotes for creating the “Shane Doan Arizona Youth Hockey Fund” and donating the first $100,000 to the cause as part of the pre-game ceremony.
“That’s way above and beyond,” Doan said. “It’s pretty special. That’s huge on the Coyotes. It’s a special thing that I’m excited about. I don’t know how else to express it other than thanks and we’ll use it.”
• Doan assisted on Brad Richardson’s goal in the third period. It was the 923rd point of his career and it puts him just six behind franchise leader Dale Hawerchuk.
• Richardson scored his fourth goal of the season at 11:24 of the third period. It was his first goal since Jan. 2 and just his second since Nov. 10.
“It was nice to get one,” said Richardson, whom the Coyotes signed as a free agent in the off-season to provide secondary scoring. “It’s been a tough year in the goal department.”
• The Coyotes fell behind 1-0 in each of the past three games and lost all three games in regulation. They are 9-13-2 this season in games in which their opponent scores first.
“When you give up leads like that to the other team, it’s really, really hard to come back in games, especially in the second part of the season,” goalie Louis Domingue said. “We’re going to have to find a way to score the first goal and play with the lead because we’re really good when we do that.”
• Arizona began its season-long seven-game homestand with two wins but it’s 0-3-1 in the past four games and scored just four goals in those four games. The final game is Saturday vs. Los Angeles.
“Tonight was a measuring stick game, and we didn’t have enough players measure up,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said after Thursday’s loss. “It is a good learning experience for our group, and we will regroup for Saturday.”