Rookie Max Domi scored two goals on Friday night to move into a three-way tie for first-place among NHL rookies for goals scored.
After a nine-game stretch without a goal, Domi notched his ninth and 10th goals of the season in Arizona’s 5-2 loss to Buffalo at First Niagara Center.
“He was good tonight,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “We flipped up some guys on lines and Max came out and really gave us a strong game. When players give you strong games like that it’s too bad you can’t find ways to make those count as wins.”
NHL freshmen Dylan Larkin (Detroit) and Oscar Lindberg (New York Rangers) also have scored 10 goals this season. With 23 points, Domi trails only Chicago’s Artemi Panarin (26) among NHL rookies.
Domi scored the game’s first goal on a breakaway at 14:28 of the first period. He notched his second goal quickly after a face-off at 6:42 of the third period. With his father, Tie, watching inside the arena, Domi came close to getting his first NHL hat trick later in the third period when he shot the puck just wide into the side of the Sabres net.
“We had some chances throughout the whole night,” Domi said. “Sometimes you get bounces, sometimes you don’t. We got a couple tonight but we didn’t get enough.”
Domi’s two-goal game is the second of his young NHL career. He also scored twice in Arizona’s game vs. Anaheim on Nov. 9.
• For the second game in a row, a goal scored by a Coyotes player was disallowed after a Coach’s Challenge.
Defenseman Nicklas Grossmann pulled Arizona to within 4-3 in the third period, but Sabres Head Coach Dan Bylsma challenged the goal contending that goalie Chad Johnson was interfered with on the play.
After video review, the goal was erased.
Here’s the official ruling from the NHL:
“At 12:03 of the third period in the Coyotes/Sabres game, Buffalo requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether an Arizona player interfered with Buffalo goaltender Chad Johnson prior to Nicklas Grossmann’s goal.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that Arizona’s Martin Hanzal interfered with Johnson 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 Arizona Coyotes.”
On Thursday night at Detroit, a goal by defenseman Klas Dahlbeck also was disallowed after a Coach’s Challenge because defenseman Connor Murphy was ruled off-side just before the goal was scored.
• The Coyotes dropped to 0-3-0 on this five-game trip and have been outscored 15-5 in those games.
“When adversity hits we can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” goalie Mike Smith said. “Only the guys in here can get us out of it… The character of this group needs to show in hard times.”
• Defenseman Zbynek Michalek needed a few moments to get to his feet after being smashed face-first into the boards by Sabres forward Nicolas Deslauriers in the second period. Michalek left the game briefly but returned before the second period ended.
• Martin Hanzal assisted on Domi’s first goal. Hanzal has notched 15 of his 20 points on the road this season.
• The Coyotes allowed a short-handed goal for the sixth time this season. That’s tops in the NHL.
• Captain Shane Doan missed his sixth consecutive game because of a lower-body injury. The Coyotes have posted a 3-3-0 record in those six games.