GLENDALE – Captain Shane Doan scored the 377th, 378th and 379th goals of his NHL career in a 7-5 loss to Chicago on Tuesday night at Gila River Arena to tie Dale Hawerchuk for first place on the franchise’s list for all-time goal scorers.
“Obviously I’m a big fan of his,” Doan said. “It’s pretty special but you wish it had come on a different night.”
The hat trick, which Doan secured by scoring his third goal with just 27.1 seconds left in the third period, was the second of Doan’s NHL career.
“It would have been a lot nicer if it had tied the game instead of making it a two-goal game,” Doan said. “It’s not fun in those situations to score. Obviously you appreciate (a hat trick) and you’re glad you did it, but there’s no joy in scoring in a game like that.”
Doan has played 1,421 games for the Coyotes/Jets since 1995-96. Hawerchuk played 713 games for the Jets from 1981-90.
The Coyotes next play on Thursday night at home vs. Winnipeg, the perfect opponent for Doan to play as he attempts to break the record.
• Here's Head Coach Dave Tippett's reaction to Doan's hat trick in a lopsided loss:
“It shows the unbelievable sacrifice he makes. The leadership he shows is that this game is out of hand and he’s not going to quit. That’s a great lesson for our young guys in the lineup tonight.”
• Center Laurent Dauphin made his NHL debut on Tuesday in front of a near-sellout crowd.
Dauphin centered the fourth line with wingers Craig Cunningham and Kyle Chipchura and logged 9:20 of ice time in his first game.
“It was very fun, especially after the first shift,” Dauphin said. “On that first shift, the pressure was pretty high and I was asking myself if this is real. But after that first shift I felt real good.”
Dauphin was hoping to have some family members in attendance for his first NHL game but they couldn’t get to Arizona from Montreal in time because of poor weather in Montreal. They watched on TV instead. He said the plan is for them to come to Arizona for Thursday’s game.
The Coyotes selected Dauphin 39th overall at the 2013 NHL Draft. They were slotted to pick 42nd that day, but management decided to make a trade with New Jersey for the 39th pick because there was concern that Dauphin would not be available at the 42nd pick.
Dauphin, who notched five goals and five assists for Springfield in the American Hockey League before being recalled on Tuesday, is wearing sweater No. 76 for the Coyotes. Only one other player has ever worn that number for the franchise - Travis Roche in 2006-07.
• Defensemen Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Zbynek Michalek suffered injuries late in the third period. Michalek absorbed a hit to the head by Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa. Ekman-Larsson suffered his injury on a cross check by Blackhawks forward Artem Anisimov.
Tippett did not update their conditions after the game because he did his post-game press conference before he spoke to the team’s medical personnel.
• Ekman-Larsson notched a season-high three points and tied his career-high for points in a game, which he has accomplished three other times.
• Forward Tobias Rieder set a career-high for assists in one game (three) and points in one game (three).
• The Coyotes played minus injured centers Martin Hanzal (lower-body injury) and Boyd Gordon (upper-body injury). Both players are on the injured reserve list.
• Wearing Coyotes sweater No. 16, U.S. Senator John McCain dropped the ceremonial puck before the game began.