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‘Yotes Notes: Team Creates Momentum Heading into Long Homestand

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes beat the Calgary Flames, 2-1, on Thursday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome to end a three-game trip and a lengthy winless streak in Calgary.

Arizona had posted a 0-7-1 record at Calgary since last beating the Flames in their home rink on Feb. 23, 2012.

With the victory, the Coyotes earned five of a possible six points on the trip vs. Western Canada teams, all three of which – Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary – are looking up at them in the Pacific Division standings.

Next up for the Coyotes is a seven-game homestand that begins on Saturday vs. Nashville.

“We kept all three of them behind us and we’re going home,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “It was a successful road trip and we know we can continue to get better. I think we will get better now that we’re getting healthier. I liked the way we played on the trip. Hopefully we can take that momentum home.”

• Goalie Louis Domingue made 25 saves and upped his record to 5-0-2 this season in seven starts. He has stopped 213 of 227 shots in those starts.

“I’m just being myself,” Domingue said. “I think I’m enjoying what’s going on, and by having a lot repetition and by playing a lot of games, it helps.”

He added: “We played the perfect road game tonight. We were patient, we did the little details, we got pucks in deep… and we got pucks out. At the end of the night, you look at the result and it shows. They kept it real simple in front of me and it really helped because I didn’t have to do much.”

• Center Martin Hanzal returned to the lineup after missing seven games in a row and 11 of the past 12 because of a lower-body injury.

“I was really excited,” Hanzal said. “It’s hard when you miss so many games. I was just really excited to go back and play some games. We know they are two points behind us so it was pretty much playoff mentality. I thought we played a really strong game, so I’m really happy for the win.”

Hanzal played 15:34, took two shots on goal, won 7 of 11 face-offs and scored the game-winning goal at 1:47 of the third period.

“He’s a big body out there,” Tippett said. “You don’t realize how much you miss him until he comes back. He kind of solidifies our center ice. It’s certainly good to have him back.”

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his 66th goal to move past Keith Yandle and into sixth place on the Coyotes/Jets franchise list for goals scored by a defenseman. However, the five players in front of Ekman-Larsson on that list all played for the Jets at one point, so Ekman-Larsson owns the record for most goals scored by a defenseman who played exclusively for the Coyotes.

• Rookie Anthony Duclair assisted on both goals. It was his first two assist game as a member of the Coyotes and the second of his NHL career.

• Center Boyd Gordon won 15 of 21 face-offs.

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