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‘Yotes Notes: Doan Ties Franchise Mark for Power-Play Goals

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

Captain Shane Doan tied Dale Hawerchuk’s franchise record for power-play goals on Friday night in a 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.

Doan back-handed a rebound past Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen at 14:55 of the second period to tie the score 2-2. It was the 122nd power-play goal of Doan’s career, which he has spent entirely with the Coyotes/Jets franchise.

Meanwhile, the goal also was the 928th point of Doan’s NHL career. He needs one more to tie Hawerchuk for the franchise’s points record.

After the game, Doan wasn’t asked and didn’t speak about his personal milestones. Instead, he spoke of how the slumping Coyotes must realize that they are in the midst of the most important part of the season.

“No one is going to hand us anything,” Doan said. “We haven't accomplished a thing, so we have to find a way to be better. It's a long haul… These next 20 games are huge for us. Everyone can get up for the last 10, but these next 20, this is going to be it.”

Anders Lindback made 36 saves in his first start since Jan. 16.

“I felt good all throughout the game,” Lindback said. “In the third period I thought they scored some nice goals. I didn’t think we were good enough in the third period to win this game. It’s frustrating, but we need to take these couple days off to regroup.”

• The Coyotes were called for seven penalties, and would have been called for an eighth but the Ducks scored before play stopped on a delayed penalty.

“It's concerning, but you look at some of the calls on both sides and it's tough to get a handle on consistency in that game,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said.

• Center Kyle Chipchura played his 300th game as a member of the Coyotes.

• The Coyotes played minus center Boyd Gordon, who suffered an upper-body injury while blocking a shot in Thursday’s game vs. Chicago. Gordon, the team’s leading face-off taker at 57.3 percent, was missed in Friday’s loss; Arizona won just 32 of 66 draws (48 percent).

• Arizona won a Coach’s Challenge for the second game in a row. Trailing 4-2, Tippett opted to challenge a power-play goal scored by Anaheim’s Patrick Maroon in the third period.

Here’s the official ruling from the NHL:

“At 9:07 of the third period in the Coyotes/Ducks game, Arizona requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether an Anaheim player interfered with Arizona goaltender Anders Lindback prior to Patrick Maroon’s goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler interfered with Lindback 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 and 69.3.”

Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Anaheim Ducks.”

• The Coyotes have earned just one of a possible six points in the three games they’ve played since the NHL All-Star break. An illness to multiple players that led Tippett to cancel Wednesday’s practice has taken its toll.

“We haven’t been very healthy this week so we’ll get a day off tomorrow and we’ll come back have a good practice on Sunday and regroup for a big week next week,” Tippett said.

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