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‘Yotes Notes: Vermette’s Streak Comes to End

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

Center Antoine Vermette sat out Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators because of a lower-body injury, ending his streak of consecutive regular-season games played at 482.

Vermette’s streak was the second longest among active NHL players. Andrew Cogliano of the Anaheim Ducks has played in 629 games in a row.

Vermette’s streak began on March 7, 2009, when he debuted with the Columbus Blue Jackets after being traded by the Senators.

Vermette suffered the injury on Oct. 15 during a game against Minnesota. He left that game and did not return, and he also left Thursday’s game at the New York Rangers in the second period and did not return because of the same injury.

“He’s left two games in the last week and we just couldn’t put ourselves in position to have that happen again,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “We just decided he couldn’t play at 100 percent and we needed 100 percent from everybody tonight.”

Keith Yandle of the New York Rangers now owns the second-longest active consecutive games played streak at 478.

Mikkel Boedker notched his second NHL hat trick to key Arizona’s 4-1 win over Ottawa.

“It’s a long season and things go up and down,” Boedker said after being asked if he has found his groove after scoring zero goals in the first five games of the season and one in the first seven. “…Obviously tonight was a step in the right direction. A hat trick is not something you come around every day. It feels good when it happens, but you can’t be satisfied.”

Boedker notched his first NHL hat trick on Oct. 15, 2014 vs. Edmonton.

► Goalie Anders Lindback stopped 35 of 36 shots in his first start with the Coyotes.

Lindback, who was named the First Star of the Game, was at his finest in the second period when he turned away all 18 shots he faced as the Senators made a push to take over the game.

“Overall I thought we played a pretty good game,” Lindback said. “We were on the right side of things all the time… We played patient and knew we were going to get our chances by just working hard and we stuck with it.”

Arizona signed Lindback, 27, as an unrestricted free agent over the summer.

► Forward Brad Richardson scored his first goal with the Coyotes at 14:31 of the third period when he knocked in a rebound. It was the game-winning goal.

“It was a shot and it actually kind of hit me in the foot and it just kind of sat there and luckily it went in the net when I shot it,” Richardson told Coyotes Radio. “It was a pretty greasy goal but I’ll take it.”

Jordan Martinook and Klas Dahlbeck each notched their first assists of the season on the goal.

► Defenseman Nicklas Grossmann left the game late in the second period after being hit in the left foot with a slap shot. He appeared to be seriously injured and teammates helped him gingerly skate to the bench. However, he returned to the game in the third period.

► Forward Max Domi assisted on Boedker’s empty-net goal. With three goals and six assists, Domi leads all NHL rookies with nine points.

► Center Boyd Gordon won 10 of 14 face-offs.

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