‘Yotes Notes: Duclair Scores Twice in Loss to Flames
/ Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE – Rookie Anthony Duclair scored both goals and extended his point streak to four games on Monday night in Arizona’s 5-2 loss to Calgary at Gila River Arena.
“Some nights the puck bounces your way and some nights they don’t,” Duclair said after notching his 18th and 19th goals of the season within a span of 7:34 in the second period. “It’s just a matter of staying positive and keeping at it.”
Duclair, who went 11 games without scoring since March 3, notched both of his goals on power plays. The first came from in close off a tic-tac-toe exchange with Max Domi and Martin Hanzal at 6:08 of the second period. He scored his second goal also from in close at 13:42.
The loss snapped ended Arizona’s winning streak at three games.
Duclair said the Coyotes were out of sync for most of the game.
“I don’t think we were ready right off the get-go,” Duclair said. “We weren’t playing our best hockey and we tried to play catch up the rest of the way, even though we were up 2-1 in the second. That definitely wasn’t our best effort.”
Head Coach Dave Tippett agreed.
“Not a lot of push in our group tonight,” Tippett said. “(It’s) disappointing. (We were) just not emotionally engaged enough.”
Duclair ranks fifth among NHL rookies with 19 goals, six behind Chicago’s Artemi Panarin. He has three multi-goal games in his first full NHL season.
• Goalie Louis Domingue allowed four goals on 20 shots. That’s the most goals he has allowed in a game since he gave up six vs. Pittsburgh on Feb. 29.
“The bottom line is I’ve got to be better,” Domingue said. “Tonight I wasn't great and I wasn’t lucky, and you put those two together it gives you a pretty brutal night.”
• Like Duclair, center Martin Hanzal also extended his point streak to four games. With two assists, Hanzal tied his career-high for points in a season with 40 (12 goals, career-high 28 assists). Hanzal also notched 40 points in 2013-14 when he tallied 15 goals and 25 assists.
• Domi assisted on Duclair’s first goal to become the third rookie in franchise history to produce 30 assists in a season since the team moved to Arizona in 1996. Peter Mueller (32 in 2007-08) and Keith Ballard (31 in 2005-06) are the others.
• The Coyotes played minus captain Shane Doan, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, and defenseman Michael Stone, who is sidelined indefinitely with a lower-body injury. Both injuries occurred in the third period of Saturday’s win over Philadelphia.
“We have been pretty good lately,” Tippett said. “When you start whittling your lineup down, losing Stone, losing Doan, you’re losing some key NHL guys there that just make a difference night in and night out. We just didn’t have the zip we needed tonight, but we’ll regroup.”
• With the loss, Arizona’s home record dropped to 21-15-4. There is just one home game left on the 2015-16 schedule. It is Saturday vs. the Washington Capitals at 7 p.m.