Newcomer Alex Tanguay assisted on both of Arizona’s goals on Wednesday night in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.
“He makes good plays,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “There’s plays that are there that some players make and some don’t, and he has a knack of making good plays… He’s contributed since he’s got here. That’s good to see.”
Tanguay has totaled five points (two goals, thee assists) in his first three games with the Coyotes since joining the team via a trade for Mikkel Boedker on Feb. 29. That total ties the best start over three games in team history. Rookie Anthony Duclair (2015-16) and Robert Reichel (1998-99) also notched five points in their first three games with the team.
• Goalie Louis Domingue stopped 28 of 31 shots in the loss, including all 15 he faced in the first period when the Canucks were swarming Arizona's zone.
“We needed him,” Tippett said. “He made some great saves for us in the first period. (He) seems to be coming around from a couple days off, and hopefully he continues to play well.”
Domingue was angry about allowing the game-winning goal to Markus Granlund at 1:42 of overtime, but overall he was pleased with how the team played.
“That’s a skill competition pretty much,” Domingue said of overtime. “It’s the All-star Game. We lost there but (we got a) big point on the road. There’s some positives to take out of that game.”
• The Coyotes dominated the Canucks in the face-off circles winning 51 of 71 draws. That’s a 72 percent success rate.
Center Boyd Gordon led the way by winning 14 of 17 draws.
“We talk about that all the time,” Tippett said. “We want to be a team that has possession of the puck first. We did a pretty good job in that area tonight.”
• By reaching overtime, the Coyotes ended a nine-game no-point streak on the road. Before Wednesday, Arizona last earned a point on the road on Jan. 25 when it beat Minnesota, 2-1, in a shootout.
• Captain Shane Doan moved into sole possession of 23rd place on the NHL's all-time games played list with 1,452.
• The Coyotes played minus leading point producer Oliver Ekman-Larsson for the first time this season. Ekman-Larsson, who had played in 188 consecutive games, is sidelined because of an upper-body injury suffered in Monday’s game at Colorado. Tippett said Ekman-Larsson is considered day-to-day.
• Forward Kyle Chipchura rejoined the team on Wednesday after briefly leaving to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first child in Phoenix on Monday. Chipchura was a healthy scratch but likely will return to the lineup on Friday at Calgary.
• Goalie Mike Smith is on the trip and skating with teammates, but a date for his return to action in a game has not been set.
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“He continues to practice and everyday he gets stronger and stronger,” Tippett said. “It's just a matter of when he thinks, and we think, he's capable of getting in there and doing the job.”
Smith hasn't played since Dec. 8. He underwent core muscle surgery soon after that game.
Tippett said he expects Smith to play before the season ends.
“I think that's very realistic, myself, but we're not going to put him in a bad situation either,” Tippett said.