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'Yotes Notes: Dvorak Scores Twice in Loss to Habs

Rookie Christian Dvorak notched his first multi-goal NHL game

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

GLENDALE - Rookie Christian Dvorak notched the first multi-goal game of his brief NHL career on Thursday night at Gila River Arena.

Dvorak scored Arizona's first and final goal in its 5-4 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

The Coyotes, who hadn't played a game in four days, fell behind 2-0 in the first period before rallying for three goals within a span of 2:21 in the second period.

"We can't keep doing that to ourselves in the first period," Dvorak said. "We've done that the past couple games. We've got to make sure we start on time. That's a hard lead to come back from, two or three goals, so we've got to make sure we're ready in the first period."

Dvorak pulled Arizona to within 2-1 when he scored his sixth goal of the season at 13:46 of the second period. During a power play, Dvorak launched a nifty wrist shot from the left circle that beat Habs goalie Carey Price. Max Domi followed with a 4-on-4 goal less than two minutes later, and Alex Goligoski quickly netted a short-handed goal to give the Coyotes a 3-2 lead.

"We started playing our game and we started moving our feet and that got things going for us," Dvorak said. "That's why we got rewarded for it." 

Dvorak's second goal of the game - and his seventh of the season - came at 15:08 of the third period and it pulled the Coyotes into a 4-4 tie.

The goal was a bizarre one that Price aided with an awkward save attempt.

"(Shane Doan) made a great play and chipped it over their 'D,' and I was coming with speed and I kind of saw Price come out of his net so I just tried to chip it by him," Dvorak said. "I don't know how it found it's way in but luckily it did."

Video: Christian Dvorak discusses Coyotes' OT loss to Habs

Dvorak also played a solid game in the face-off circles; he won 12 of 21 draws. 

"He keeps hanging around it, that's where he's at," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "He's a good young player who will continue to grow. It's good to see him take steps forward."

• Playing in just his third game since missing eight weeks because of injury, Domi led all Arizona forwards in ice time with 18:42. He finished with one goal, one assist, and three shots on goal. 

He was the team's most dynamic player in the game, and Tippett said he wished some of Domi's teammates had followed his lead.

"Max was good," Tippett said. "That's the first game since he's come back that he really looked like he had his skating legs. We needed a few more players with skating legs tonight."

Dvorak also liked Domi's game.

"Obviously when you're out of the lineup for that long you're going to be a little rusty, but you could see the type of player he is today," Dvorak said. "He was unbelievable out there and it's great to get him back in the lineup."

Video: Max Domi discusses Coyotes' OT loss to Habs

• Despite rallying from a 2-0 deficit and eventually earning a point, Tippett was quite disappointed in his team's performance.

"That was not even close," Tippett said. "We didn't have enough guys play well enough to win a game. When you don't deserve to win a game, you don't win games very often."

He added: "We started the first period poor; we started the second period poor. That's just about being a good pro and being ready to play."

• Goligoski's goal was his second of the season and it extended his point streak to three games.

Like Tippett, Goligoski thought Arizona's effort was poor.

"We started slow and we were slow all the way through," Goligoski said. "... I didn't feel like at any point in the game we had a ton of momentum." 

Video: Dave Tippett discusses Coyotes' OT loss to Habs

• Doan played in his 1,518th game with the Coyotes franchise, tying him with Ray Bourque for the fourth-most games played with one NHL team.

• Center Martin Hanzal did not play because of illness. Peter Holland replaced him in the lineup and skated 13:15.  

• The Coyotes scored a 5-on-5 goal, a 4-on-4 goal, a power-play goal and a short-handed goal. 

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