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‘Yotes Notes: Hanzal Injured in Monday’s Game at Toronto

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
Center Martin Hanzal suffered a lower-body injury in Monday’s game at Toronto and did not play after the first intermission.

Before the injury, Hanzal notched his NHL-leading 10th assist of the season when he helped set up Max Domi’s power-play goal at 6:31 of the first period.

After the game, Head Coach Dave Tippett said Hanzal is considered day-to-day. Hanzal missed 45 games last season because of a back injury.

• Domi, playing his first NHL game in his hometown, was the victim of an old-school hockey prank by teammates before the game started. Domi was chosen to lead the Coyotes onto the ice for warm-ups, but his teammates let him skate alone for several laps before joining him.

• Captain Shane Doan scored his 114th power-play goal at 14:49 of the first period to tie Keith Tkachuk for second place on the franchise’s all-time list for power-play goals. Dale Hawerchuk tops the list with 122 power-play goals.

• Forward Kyle Chipchura quietly played well and was named the First Star of the Game with one goal and one assist. He also delivered three hits and won 9 of 11 face-offs. “He’s one of those guys who’s just an unheralded guy who just goes out and works his tail off,” Tippett said. “We had a lot of those guys tonight.”

• By scoring a goal in the second period, defenseman Klas Dahlbeck extended his point streak to a career-high three games.

“Dahlbeck is a big, heavy guy and he plays hard,” Tippett said. “He’s hard on people on the boards and really checks well. It’s great to see him score a couple of goals. We need a little extra puck movement from our back. If we can be hard around our net and still be able to move the puck and chip in a few goals, that’s what we’re looking for.”

• Forward Tyler Gaudet, whom the Coyotes recalled from the American Hockey League on Sunday, made his season debut in place of injured forward Antoine Vermette. Gaudet played 14:22 and delivered three hits.

“He played really well. I had no issues putting him on the ice tonight, even killing a penalty late in the game,” Tippett said. “He’s another one of our good, young kids that’s going to be a really good player.”

• For a few moments, it appeared as if Hanzal had notched his first goal of the season in the first period.

Here’s the official explanation from the NHL:

“At 11:21 of the first period in the Arizona Coyotes/Toronto Maple Leafs game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Toronto net. The referee inside the Toronto zone originally signaled a goal but after the four on-ice officials huddled, the call on the ice was changed to "no goal" because Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal deflected the puck with a high stick. Video review supported the final on-ice call in accordance with Rule 60.5 which states, "an apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick." No goal Arizona.
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