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'Yotes Notes: Langhamer Makes Key Saves in NHL Debut

Rookie Marek Langhamer relieved Mike Smith vs. Anaheim on Monday

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

GLENDALE -- Goalie Marek Langhamer made his NHL debut in relief of Mike Smith vs. the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night at Gila River Arena.

With Arizona leading, 3-1, the NHL instructed Smith to leave the game, as part of concussion protocol, with 15:31 left in the third period after he was involved in a head-to-head collision with Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg. 

Langhamer then entered the game and stopped seven of eight shots, including a clutch pad save on a shot by Anaheim's Sami Vatanen from in close with just a few ticks left in the game.

Arizona won 3-2.

"I made that first save, and it dropped right in front of me," Langhamer said. "(Corey) Perry made a great play to put it back door. I was just trying to rush to the back post, and I was fortunate enough to make the save."

Video: ANA@ARI: Langhamer robs Ritchie with seconds left

After the game, Head Coach Dave Tippett said Smith, who made 27 saves, was fine and that he'd likely be at practice on Tuesday.

Langhamer has been serving as Smith's backup since regular backup Louis Domingue suffered a lower-body injury during a morning skate last week.

The Coyotes drafted Langhamer 184th overall in 2012. He's been all over the hockey map this season having played in the NHL, the AHL and the ECHL.

"I'm thankful for the opportunity and glad we could pull it off at the end," Langhamer said. "Obviously, it was tough to jump right into it, but the guys played a great game in front of me and didn't let them come to the 'O' zone."

Video: Marek Langhamer discusses making his NHL debut

• Nine players notched one point in the first period as the Coyotes built a 3-0 lead. Rookies Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun, and forward Radim Vrbata were the goal scorers.

With his goal, Vrbata ended an 11-game goal-scoring drought and extended his point streak to six games. It's the longest active point streak in the NHL.

• Dvorak's goal was his 10th of the season and it gave Arizona a 1-0 lead just 2:02 into the game.

"We didn't do that well against San Jose (on Saturday)," Dvorak said. "We wanted to make sure we put in a good effort tonight, especially in the first period, and we did that."

Video: Christian Dvorak discusses Coyotes' win over Ducks

Tippett said it was a good win for the young players on the team to experience.

"Anaheim played a hard game last night against L.A., so we wanted to get a good start," Tippett said. "You see Chychrun and you see Dvorak, (Brendan) Perlini, our young guys there. They're going to get a lot of opportunity now and we need them to continue to grow ... The young players have to realize that opportunity they're going to get. They have to make sure that they use that opportunity."

• Captain Shane Doan assisted on Dvorak's goal to reach 20 points for the 18th consecutive season. He also tied Brendan Shanahan (1,524 games) for 16th place on the NHL's all-time games played list.

Video: Dave Tippett discusses Coyotes' win over Ducks

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