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‘Yotes Notes: Duclair Notches 20th Goal in Loss to Blues

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

Rookie Anthony Duclair scored his 20th goal of the season on Monday night in Arizona’s 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.

With three games to play, Duclair needs to score two more goals to tie Peter Mueller for the most goals scored by a rookie on the team since it moved to Arizona in 1996. Mueller scored 22 as an NHL freshman in 2007-08.

Duclair netted his goal at 13:08 of the first period to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead. St. Louis scored five unanswered goals after Duclair’s goal to win going away.

“He’s a good young player,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “He’s opportunistic. He’s a goal scorer, he’s around the net. His goal tonight… great hands.”

Duclair was quick to credit his teammates for his goal-scoring success.

“It’s a pretty nice accomplishment, at the same time I’m sharing it with my teammates,” Duclair said. “I’ve got to give all credit to them. They’ve been supporting me throughout the whole season. The leadership group here has been unbelievable for the young guys and I’m happy to share it with them.”

• The Coyotes were called for 10 penalties in the game – seven in the second period and three in the third. St. Louis scored two power-play goals and a short-handed goal.

“Once the penalties started, on both sides, it took us out of rhythm,” Tippett said. “... We lost a special teams game.”

Forward Alex Tanguay, who assisted on both Arizona goals, agreed.

“For some reason we kept going to the box and they kind of got their energy and they kind of got their legs moving,” Tanguay said. “It’s tough to gain momentum back when you lose it… You can't take twice as many penalties as the other team and expect to win the game at the end of the night.”

• The Coyotes played minus center Martin Hanzal, who did not make the trip to St. Louis because of an upper-body injury. He is considered day-to-day.

• Defenseman Nicklas Grossmann left the team temporarily on Monday morning to be with his wife who is giving birth to their first child in Arizona.

• The Coyotes won 39 of 58 face-offs (67 percent). Rookie Laurent Dauphin won 9 of his 12 draws.

• After the game, Tippett said goalie Louis Domingue “probably” would start Tuesday’s game at Chicago as this season-ending road trip vs. Western Conference playoff teams continues.

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