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‘Yotes Notes: Tippett Reaches 1,000 Games as NHL Head Coach

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – Dave Tippett reached his 1,000th game as an NHL head coach on Tuesday night as the Coyotes hosted the Los Angeles Kings at Gila River Arena in the first game for both teams after the All-Star Break.

The Kings spoiled the night for Tippett by beating the Coyotes 6-2.

Nevertheless, Tippett became just the 24th person to be a head coach for at least 1,000 regular-season NHL games.

“It's been an enjoyable 1,000 games,” Tippett said before the game. “... I've been around this game my whole life. It's incredible the people you get to meet, the people you get to work with, the players you get to work with. All of that, I wouldn't give it up for the world. One thousand is a nice number to get to but hopefully lots more (to come).”

Before the game, the Coyotes saluted Tippett for his accomplishment by showing messages of congratulations from the following people: Don Maloney, Anthony LeBlanc, Shane Doan, Ray Ferraro, Joel Quenneville, Dave King, Ron Francis, Brenden Morrow, Kevin Dineen, Mike Yeo, Rick Wilson, Ulf Samuelsson, Scott Arniel, Marty Turco and Mike Modano.

Here’s what Doan said in his message:

“On behalf of the Coyotes players, I just want to say thank you so much and congratulations! We’ve enjoyed every minute that we’ve had you as a coach, and as a group we appreciate everything you do for us, and all of your time. This is well deserved and we hope there’s another thousand more in you. Thanks so much.”

During a stop in play in the first period, the arena’s PA announcer congratulated Tippett on his accomplishment and the crowd responded with a standing ovation. Tippett waved to the fans as a gesture of thanks.

• Goalie Louis Domingue, whom on Monday the NHL named the Rookie of the Month for January, allowed five goals on 25 shots for a second consecutive game and was pulled by Tippett in favor of Anders Lindback at 3:08 of the third period.

The Kings scored two power-play goals on Domingue.

“I think on the penalty kill, those are goals I have to have,” Domingue said. “I just think it’s on me tonight; if I make more saves then we have a chance to win. That’s how I see it.”

With Chicago next up on the schedule, Domingue knows he needs to stay confident.

“It's not the first time I've faced adversity in my career,” Domingue said. “I just have to regroup and move on.”

Tippett was pleased to hear Domingue answer for his poor performance, but he said the rookie goalie wasn’t the only player to blame.

“I thought four out of the six goals were stoppable goals,” Tippett said. “It’s good to see him take responsibility for them. He has got to clean up some of his stuff, but there are a lot of messes in front of him we have got to clean up also.”

• Tippett wants the Coyotes to learn from Tuesday’s game.

“This one was a good lesson for us,” Tippett said. “Los Angeles looks like a team that’s coming out of the break gearing up for a stretch drive, and they showed that tonight. There’s a lesson in special teams, there’s a lesson in puck battles, and a lesson into commitment to getting things done. Not just about getting them done, actually getting them done. There’s lots to learn out of that game.”

• Rookie Anthony Duclair scored his 14th goal of the season. Rookie Max Domi assisted on the goal but that’s no surprise; Domi has assisted on five of Duclair's past seven goals, and eight of the 14 he has scored this season.

• Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson headed to the dressing room with 1:45 left in the first period after absorbing a rough hit from Kings defenseman Luke Schenn, who left his feet to deliver the blow.

Schenn was called for charging on the hit.

Ekman-Larsson returned to the game to start the second period and played 24:15, took four shots on goal, delivered a team-high six hits and blocked two shots.

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