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'Yotes Notes: Keller Scores Sixth Goal in Loss to Blackhawks

Clayton Keller leads all NHL rookies in goals

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

GLENDALE -- Clayton Keller scored his sixth goal of the season in Arizona's 4-2 loss to Chicago on Saturday night at Gila River Arena.

Keller, whom the Coyotes drafted seventh overall in 2016, leads all NHL rookies in goals and ranks tied for fourth overall, with 15 other NHLers.

Video: Keller on Goal No. 6 vs. Hawks

"We had a lot of chances and we definitely could have won that game," Keller said. "Just one good bounce for them and it's in the back of our net. It's tough, and I think we've just got to stay positive."

• Goalie Louis Domingue, playing his first game after a two-game break, stopped 25 of 28 shots. He also thwarted a penalty-shot attempt by Tommy Wingels at 17:24 of the second period with a nifty poke check. Wingels was credited with a goal briefly, but the goal was disallowed after video review showed Domingue touched the puck with his stick before Wingels shot it.

"Sometimes calls go not your way, but I'm pretty fortunate that a call went my way this time," said Domingue, who has struggled this season. "The stats weren't there, obviously no 'W,' the save percentage is off, the goals against is pretty bad when you look at it, but a lot of positives. It's the type of game that I needed to get back on my feet."

Video: Domingue: 'Slipped Away From Us'

• The Coyotes went 0 for 5 on the power play and failed to score on two full minutes of a five-on-three advantage in the first period. After scoring two power-play goals in the season opener, Arizona is just 2 for 26 since. 

"Yeah, the five-on-three, looking too fancy," Head Coach Rick Tocchet said. "I think we're getting a little too fancy. We talked about that and worked on that the other day in practice. (We need) just a couple passes, get screens and get people in front of the net."

 • With the loss, the Coyotes dropped to 0-7-1 to start the season. 

"It's like a broken record," Tocchet said. "I mean we are playing competitive. All the analytics stuff, and people that do analytics, say it's going good, but obviously we aren't winning. You're looking for that one good play, that one good defensive play, whether it's a big block or boxing out or something in the last couple minutes you've got to do to win a game. We have to try and find that kind of play."

Niklas Hjalmarsson played vs. the Blackhawks for the first time since they traded him to the Coyotes in June. Hjalmarsson, who played 10 seasons for Chicago and won the Stanley Cup three times while there, skated 22:05 and blocked four shots.  

"We keep losing so you know everyone's got to be better," Hjalmarsson said. "I have to be better as well. We just have to step up our game here and try to stay positive ... At least the effort's been there the last couple of games, and you can always build off of that."

Video: Hjalmarsson: 'We Battled Hard Today'

Christian Fischer, a Chicago native, gave Arizona a 1-0 lead when he scored his second goal of the season at 7:47 of the first period.

Brad Richardson returned to the lineup after missing two games because of a lower-body injury. Richardson skated 11:27 and won six of seven face-offs.

Nick Cousins assisted on Arizona's first goal. It was his first point as a member of the Coyotes.

Derek Stepan wore the rotating third 'A.' Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Hjalmarsson are wearing the 'A' on a permanent basis this season.

• Next up is a five-game road trip vs. Eastern Conference teams.

"Maybe we can find a way (to win) when we go on the road," Hjalmarsson said. "Maybe it's a good time for us to get together a little bit more as a team and go on a long road trip."

Video: Tocchet on Coyotes' Confidence




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