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'Yotes Notes: Dubnyk Enjoys the Challenge of the Shootout

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – Shane Doan was the center of attention after his extraordinary broken-stick shootout goal on Saturday night when the Coyotes beat the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks 2-1 at Gila River Arena.

But goalie Devan Dubnyk, who did not allow a goal in the four-round shootout after stopping 35 of 36 shots in 65 minutes, deserves some credit, too.


"I enjoy the shootouts," Dubnyk said. "I’ve had some pretty good success with them but I’ve also had times where it seemed I couldn’t win one. I enjoy the challenge; it’s one-on-one and a great test of patience."

Dubynk is 2-2 in shootouts this season, his first with the Coyotes. In those games he has stopped 9 of 13 shootout shots.

"The whole thing with the shootout is you want to be patient and you want to have a good line and a good gap, and you’ve got to make the shooter make the first move," Dubnyk said. "That’s all it really comes down to. If you start to scout too much and start to guess what guys are going to do nothing is going to work out for you."

Like his teammates, Dubnyk is pleased the Coyotes have played better defense the past two games and is excited that a corner may have been turned on Saturday when Arizona took two points from Anaheim.

"It shows we can play with anybody in the league when we play the way we need to," Dubnyk said.

• Doan’s highlight-reel shootout goal against the Ducks on Saturday was his first since he scored against the Minnesota Wild on March 8, 2012. But don’t forget – Doan won the inaugural Elimination Shootout segment of the Skills Competition at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game weekend.

Head Coach Dave Tippett said he inserted Doan into Saturday's shootout based on a hunch. Like everyone, Tippett was shocked by Doan's broken-stick goal.

"He didn't show me that move in practice. If he had, maybe I would have used him a little more," Tippett quipped. "I've been in this game a long time, seen a lot of things, (but I've) never seen that before. You couldn't do it again if you tried a thousand times."

• Defenseman Zbynek Michalek scored his first goal of the season on Saturday vs. Anaheim and his first since April 1, 2014 - a span of 39 games without a goal. Michalek has now notched four of his 37 NHL goals vs. the Ducks. That’s the most goals he has scored against any NHL opponent.

• The Coyotes on Sunday recalled forward Tyler Gaudet from the Portland Pirates, their affiliate in the American Hockey League. Gaudet has notched four goals and four assists in 29 AHL games this season.


Before the season began, Gaudet spoke about trying to earn an NHL roster spot this season by playing solid hockey in all three zones.

"I like to play the role of a two-way forward covering 200 feet of the ice and making an impact in every single zone with my work ethic," Gaudet said.

Gaudet quietly earned multiple awards in 2013-14 – his final season of junior hockey. Playing for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Hockey League coaches voted him the Western Conference’s best defensive forward, best penalty killer and most improved player.

Gaudet fills the roster spot vacated when defenseman Chris Summers was placed on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury.

• Prospect Max Domi has notched two goals and one assist in two games for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Meanwhile, prospect Anton Karlsson has notched one assist in two games for Sweden. Both Canada and Sweden are 2-0-0-0 thus far in the prestigious event.

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