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‘Yotes Notes: Hanzal Reaches 100-Goal Milestone in Win Over Stars

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – Center Martin Hanzal scored the 100th and 101st goal of his NHL career on Thursday night as the Coyotes beat the Dallas Stars, 3-1, at Gila River Arena.

“It’s just a number but it’s a nice number,” Hanzal said of the milestone. “It took me what, nine years? Another 35 and I might catch ‘Doaner.’”

“Doaner,” of course, is captain Shane Doan, who has 393 career NHL goals.

Hanzal, whom the Coyotes drafted 17th overall in 2005, notched his 100th goal just after an Arizona power play expired at 0:55 of the second period in his 554th NHL game. It was a typical Hanzal goal, scored while he bulled his way through a traffic jam in front of the opponent’s net.

“It must have hit me somewhere,” Hanzal said. “I don't even know. I was really, really lucky... I'll take any goal right now.”

Hanzal added a short-handed goal at 7:51 of third period to give the Coyotes a 3-1 lead. A shot by defenseman Klas Dahlbeck hit the crossbar and Hanzal banged the rebound into the net for his first short-handed goal since Dec. 4, 2008 vs. Toronto.

Seeking a hat trick, Hanzal later took a shot at an empty net from center ice but it did not go in.

“I didn’t get it, but that’s OK,” Hanzal said with a sly smile. “I’ve already got two.”

Hanzal is the 17th player to notch 100 goals or more for the Coyotes/Jets in franchise history.

• Goalie Louis Domingue stopped 37 of 38 shots to earn the 15th victory of his rookie season.

“He was just real solid,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “I love it when he just catches the puck and hands it back to the referee and (says) let’s go again. I like that calm.”

Domingue has allowed just three goals on 98 shots in his past three games.

“We were good getting out of our zone,” Domingue said. “We didn’t make a lot of turnovers in our zone and that was huge. We gained zone that way and we got to play offense because we were good defensively.”

• The Coyotes are 2-0-0 this season vs. the Dallas Stars, who lead the Western Conference with 97 points. Arizona outscored Dallas 9-4 in those games. The teams will play once more this season on March 31 at Dallas.

“They generate a lot of offense but I thought we did a great job to the point where we won that battle,” Domingue said. “We were the ones that buried our chances.”

• Forward Tobias Rieder scored the first goal of the game at 14:11 of the first period when he redirected a shot by defenseman Connor Murphy past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. The goal was the 14th of the season for Rieder – one more than he scored in his rookie season a year ago.

Rieder said the Coyotes continue to battle hard despite being out of the playoff race.

“Everybody has to play for something, so we can’t just pack it in,” Rieder said. “It’s a privilege to play in this league and you want to do your best. So I think everybody understands that and we're trying to win every game.”

• Forward Brad Richardson was awarded a penalty shot after he was tripped by Stars captain Jamie Benn on a short-handed breakaway at 12:10 of the second period. Richardson shot wide left on his first career penalty shot, and Arizona’s lead stayed at 2-1.

Earlier in the game, Richardson set a new career-high for points in a season when he assisted on Rieder’s goal for his 28th point (nine goals, 19 assists).

• With the win, Tippett’s record vs. his former team climbed to 16-10-4.

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