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Coyotes defeat Jets; Doan passes Hawerchuk

by Jerry Brown

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Needing 12 goals to pass Dale Hawerchuk, there was a good chance Shane Doan was going to become the leading goal-scorer in the history of the Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes franchise at some point in the 2015-16 season.

He beat the clock to 2016.

Doan broke Hawerchuk's record with goal No. 380 in the first period, then capped the night by scoring into an empty net in the Coyotes' 4-2 victory against the second iteration of the Jets at Gila River Arena on Thursday, a few hours before the calendar flipped from 2015 to 2016.

The 39-year-old Arizona captain has nine goals in his past 10 games, five in the past two and 13 for the season, the most among Coyotes and one shy of his total in 79 games last season.

Doan made his NHL debut on Oct. 7, 1995, with the original Jets, playing one season in Winnipeg before the franchise moved and became the Phoenix Coyotes.

"Obviously, the symbolism is pretty cool," said Doan, who beat rookie goalie Connor Hellebuyck 9:28 into his 1,422nd NHL game, all with the same franchise, for his record goal. "It was nice to get it quickly, get it at home and to get it in a win. And right now it's going in, so maybe I should shoot a few more."

Oliver Ekman-Larsson put Arizona ahead 3-2 on the power play with 7:25 left, and goalie Louis Domingue made 35 saves for the Coyotes (18-16-3), who are in second place in the Pacific Division in large part due to their 8-2-2 record in their past 12 home games.

"It was great to win and great to see Shane get that goal," said Ekman-Larsson, who has five game-winning goals among his 10 this season. "He's been really good the last couple of games, so we had the feeling he was going to get it tonight.

"He looks like a 19-year-old out there. I think he's got a couple more years in him."

Adam Lowry scored each Winnipeg goal, and Hellebuyck made 17 saves for the Jets (17-18-2), who have lost 12 of their past 13 road games, 11 of them in regulation.

Two of Arizona's three third-period goals came on the power play. On the go-ahead goal, which came after Winnipeg defenseman Tyler Myers was called for roughing against Tobias Rieder, Ekman-Larsson used a Doan screen in front to beat Hellebuyck on the stick side.

"Anytime you lose it hurts," Myers said. "It doesn't matter what my opinion of [the penalty] was, I shouldn't have thrown my arm out there. I'll be the first to admit it."

Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice was frustrated afterward.

"It was a difficult loss and it should be. We dominated most of the game," he said. "You can't touch them and you can't dive and we can't figure that out. We can't take the penalties we take, you just can't. And if you're looking for any consistency or quality, you're not coming to any of the games we play."

Domingue won for the third time in four starts this season. He made a big mistake putting a clearing attempt on Lowry's stick for a game-tying goal in the third period, but he also came up with big saves on Blake Wheeler in the second and third period, and against Drew Stafford in tight in the final minute.

Lowry opened the scoring early in the first period. Domingue made a save on a long shot by Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and stopped a rebound try by Alexander Burmistrov. He thought he had the puck pinned under his pad, but play continued, and Lowry whacked the puck free and into the net for his second goal of the season at 3:31.

Almost six minutes later, Nicklas Grossmann sent Doan and Max Domi down the ice 2-on-1 against Byfuglien. Doan moved the puck by a sprawling Byfuglien, but Domi passed up the shot and set up Doan for his record-setting goal.

Doan has four goals and nine points in his past five games and eight goals and 20 points in 22 career games against the Jets.

Winnipeg outshot Arizona 29-11 through two periods, but Jets captain Andrew Ladd's cross-checking penalty against Ekman-Larsson behind the play at the end of the second period gave the Coyotes a power play to open the third, and they would capitalize.

Connor Murphy set up Michael Stone for a shot from the point that hit Tikhonov in the slot and dropped at his feet. Tikhonov's shot hit off Hellebuyck's glove and went in at 1:18 for his second goal of the season and a 2-1 Coyotes lead.

Domingue's miscue allowed Winnipeg to tie it at 7:45. After stopping a dump-in with his glove, Domingue tried to send the puck up the middle of the ice and instead put it on Lowry's stick in the high slot. Lowry beat Domingue over his glove for his second of the night and third of the season.

"I'm glad that mistake didn't come back to bite us," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said. "He had a couple that he could have moved early, but he played it safe and I think he was thinking he should move it a little more. But he was real solid, and they fired a lot of pucks at him."

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