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‘Yotes Notes: Point Streak vs. Oilers Reaches 20 Games

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes earned a point on Saturday afternoon to extend their franchise-record point streak vs. the Edmonton Oilers to 20 games.

Edmonton beat Arizona, 4-3, in a shootout at Rexall Place.

“It’s unfortunate we lost the skills competition tonight,” goalie Louis Domingue said. “That’s what it comes down to … but every point matters. It was huge to get one tonight. Of course we didn’t get the results we wanted in the shootout, but it’s still a point.”

The Coyotes last lost to Edmonton in regulation on Jan. 25, 2011.

Head Coach Dave Tippett didn’t like the first two penalties his team took in the third period, but overall he was pleased with how the Coyotes competed.

“For the most part, we managed a road game and got a point out of it,” said Tippett, who has coached the Coyotes to a 21-2-4 record vs. Edmonton since taking over behind the bench in 2009-10.

• Saturday’s shootout was the first for the Coyotes this season; they played their first 38 games not needing one to determine an outcome.

Mikkel Boedker started it with a nifty goal, but Max Domi and Antoine Vermette failed to score.

The shootout was the first for Domingue in his 14th NHL game.

Despite giving up goals on two of three shootout shots, Domingue was pleased with his 38-save effort in the first 65 minutes.

“I’m happy with my game right now,” Domingue said. “I’m doing my job. I think everybody is doing their job. That’s why we’re getting points right now.”

• Domingue lost his stick and briefly played without it in the overtime period. Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins took a shot during this time and hit the right post.

“It’s so hard when you don’t have your stick, even for a player to skate without a stick,” Domingue said. “It’s different. You’re unbalanced. So I was just trying to cover the bottom of the ice. I was happy we could get the puck out and I could go get my stick.”

• Rookies Jordan Martinook and Klas Dahlbeck each had two assists, Anthony Duclair scored a goal and Domi chipped in a helper as the Coyotes got six points from rookies in Saturday’s game. That’s 67 points by the freshmen this season – tops in the NHL.

• Domi has assisted on Duclair’s past four goals and seven of his past 11.

“Max gave him a great feed and that’s what Duclair does,” Tippett said regarding Arizona’s third goal on Saturday. “If he gets an opportunity he’s got to capitalize on it. It was a real nice goal.”

• Center Brad Richardson quietly played a solid game. He logged a season-high 20:27 of ice time, notched a goal and an assist, and won 60 percent of his face-offs (15 of 25).

• Centers Martin Hanzal (lower-body injury) and Boyd Gordon (upper-body injury) traveled with the team on this three-game trip but didn’t play vs. the Oilers.

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