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'Yotes Notes: Vrbata Scores 43rd Shootout Goal

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Dave Tippett Q&A

Dave Tippett discusses Coyotes' 3-2 win over Oilers

Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett answers questions after the team's 3-2 SO win over Edmonton on Friday at Gila River Arena

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GLENDALE -- There were many heroes for the Coyotes on Friday night in an entertaining, come-from-behind, 3-2 shootout win over Edmonton at Gila River Arena.

Forward Radim Vrbata was among them as he scored his 43rd shootout goal - the most in NHL history.

"It's one way to help your team win a game so I take pride in it," said Vrbata, who beat Oilers goalie Cam Talbot with a backhanded shot in the second round. "When it goes to a shootout and you're successful, you get a point that you might need at the end of the season."

Vrbata is an expert at the shootout because he realizes the shooter has the advantage over the goalie. His signature backhanded shot is tricky to stop.

"If you do it right, there's a high-percent chance that it will work," Vrbata said. "The goalie has to respect the shot. If he starts cheating, then you do something else."

Vrbata is 43-for-98 (.439) in shootouts in his NHL career.

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson also scored a shootout goal for Arizona in the third round.

"I closed my eyes and shot it," Ekman-Larsson said. "I got lucky."

• Forward Max Domi marked his 100th NHL game by scoring Arizona's first goal.

Trailing 2-0, Domi scored at 17:38 of the first period, nine seconds after Edmonton's second goal. It was Domi's sixth goal vs. Edmonton in six games.

"We felt like we were getting some chances, not scoring, and then gave up the second one (to Edmonton)," Tippett said. "It really could have deflated you but all of a sudden, boom, we come back and we're right back in the game and the energy's back in the game for us. That was a huge turning point for us."

Video: Max Domi discusses Coyotes' 3-2 SO win over Oilers

• Captain Shane Doan scored Arizona's second goal via a deflection in front of the net at 8:06 of the third period. It was Doan's first goal since the season opener on Oct. 15 and the 398th of his NHL career.

"It's huge," Doan said. "It's been a long time. I have no idea what game this is or how long it's been, but I knew it was a long time."

The Oilers challenged Doan's goal citing goaltender interference on Coyotes forward Jordan Martinook.

Here's the official ruling by the NHL:

"At 8:06 of the third period in the Oilers/Coyotes game, Edmonton requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether Jordan Martinook interfered with goaltender Cam Talbot before the puck entered the net. 

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line. 

Therefore the original call stands - good goal Arizona Coyotes."

Doan played in his 1,485th game and passed Rod Brind'Amour to capture sole possession of 20th place on the NHL's all-time games played list.

Video: Shane Doan discusses Coyotes' 3-2 SO win over Oilers

• Rookie defenseman Anthony DeAngelo assisted on Doan's goal to extend his point streak to four games.

• Goalie Mike Smith made 32 saves to up his career record to 14-1-1 against the Oilers.

• Defenseman Connor Murphy missed about half of the second period after being boarded by Oilers forward Patrick Maroon late in the first period. Murphy finished the period, but he did not return to the ice to start the second.

• Forward Laurent Dauphin left the game at 8:54 of the third period after blocking a shot by Edmonton's Andrej Sekera.

• Forward Jamie McGinn was briefly awarded a goal at 6:08 of the first period. The goal was reviewed and the on-ice call was reversed.

Here's the official ruling by the NHL: 

"At 6:08 of the first period in the Oilers/Coyotes game, video review determined that the puck did not cross the Edmonton goal line. No goal Arizona."

• Arizona took a season-high 40 shots on goal, including 22 in the first period.

• Backup goalie Louis Domingue did not dress for Friday's game because of a lower-body injury he suffered in relief of Mike Smith in Wednesday's game vs. Vancouver. 

"After the game, he wasn't feeling right," Head Coach Dave Tippett said at Friday's morning skate. "We kind of monitored it yesterday. We didn't want to take any chances today, so we left him off the ice." 

• Defenseman Jakob Chychrun was a healthy scratch for the third time in the past five games. Tippett said the 18-year-old is "taking a couple days to catch his breath."

Tippett liked how Chychrun went all out in training camp to make the team and then over the first month of the season to keep his roster spot.

"He was going to do whatever it took to play and now, as we get deeper into it, he's had some games where I think he's slowed down a bit just because he's overthinking situations," Tippett said.

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