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'Yotes Notes: Domi May Practice on Monday

Injured forward Max Domi is recovering nicely from hand surgery

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Head Coach Dave Tippett on Thursday said injured forward Max Domi likely will practice with the team on Monday, the team's first day back after the NHL All-Star break.

Domi hasn't practiced with the team or played in a game since suffering a hand injury during a fight with Calgary's Garnet Hathaway on Dec. 8. He underwent hand surgery on Dec. 13.

"Everything is on track exactly where it should be," Tippett said. "Hopefully he's ready to jump on the ice (at the) first practice on Monday."

Tippett also said Domi likely would play in a game within two weeks after his first practice.

Domi has notched five goals and 11 assists in 26 games this season, his second in the NHL.

• Mike Smith made 19 saves on Thursday night to earn his first shutout of the season, the 31st of his career and his 20th with the Coyotes.

Arizona beat Vancouver, 3-0, at Gila River Arena.

Smith, who will represent the team at the NHL All-Star Game this weekend, is one shutout shy of tying the franchise record held by Nikolai Khabibulin and Ilya Bryzgalov (21).

"He didn't get a lot of work tonight, but he made some keys saves at the right time," Tippett said after Thursday's game. "That was a big part of the game."

• The Coyotes allowed zero shots on goal in the first period. It's the second time they've accomplished that feat and the first time since Dec. 2, 1999 vs. Tampa Bay.

"It was pretty boring there for a period and a half," Smith said. "But I think that just goes to show about what we did in front of me tonight. I think a lot of credit goes to our group. We really wanted to win this game ... We were due for a game like this."

Video: Mike Smith discusses Coyotes' win over Canucks

• Rookie Lawson Crouse scored an acrobatic wrap-around goal at 12:56 of the second period to give Arizona a 1-0 lead.

"The past couple days we've been practicing real hard, getting ready for this upcoming game and going into the break with a good attitude and on a positive note," Crouse said. "We did just that."

Video: Lawson Crouse discusses Coyotes' win over Canucks

• Center Alexander Burmistrov scored an unassisted power-play goal at 4:29 of the third period. It was his first goal as a member of the Coyotes and his sixth point in six games.

"It feels good to finally get done with this one and get on the board. I'm happy," Burmistrov said. "We've been working on some power-play stuff. It's nice to get a big goal."

• Playing in his 200th NHL game, forward Tobias Rieder scored an empty-net goal with 33.4 seconds left to extend his point streak to three games and tie Radim Vrbata for most goals on the team with 11.

• The Coyotes did not send a player to the penalty box for just the seventh time in franchise history and the first time since Feb. 14, 2015 vs. the New York Rangers.

• Tippett said rookie Christian Fischer would be assigned to the American Hockey League on Friday so he could play in a few games for the Tucson Roadrunners during the NHL All-Star break, and so he could compete in the AHL All-Star Game on Monday. Rookie Brendan Perlini, who, like Fischer, was selected for the AHL All-Star Game, will stay with the Coyotes during the break and will not play in the AHL All-Star Game, Tippett said.

Video: Dave Tippett discusses Coyotes' win over Canucks

 

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