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Doan's three points lift Coyotes past Maple Leafs

by Jerry Brown

GLENDALE Ariz. -- On Dec. 15, 1995, rookie Shane Doan was standing in front of the crease at Winnipeg Arena when Winnipeg Jets teammate Deron Quint scored twice in four seconds for the two fastest goals in NHL history.

Doan didn't quite match Quint's record Tuesday, but his two goals 14 seconds apart helped the Arizona Coyotes to a 3-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Gila River Arena.

"I remember that [Quint] didn't know he'd scored his first goal because there was a deflection, and before they announced the first one, he got another one," Doan said. "You need a little luck on at least one goal, maybe both, to score that fast. I got my share on those two."

Doan, who assisted on Connor Murphy's game-winner in the third period, is three goals behind Dale Hawerchuk's Jets/Coyotes franchise record of 379 that has stood since 1990. He has 912 points in 20 seasons with the Jets and Coyotes, second to Hawerchuk's 929.

Doan scored his first goal seven seconds after James van Riemsdyk had given the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead with a little less than five minutes left in the first period. The three goals in 21 seconds were the three fastest in a game in Maple Leafs history.

Nazem Kadri scored for the Maple Leafs (12-14-7), whose point streak ended at six games.

Arizona goalie Louis Domingue followed up his 25-save shutout in a 1-0 victory against the New York Islanders on Saturday with 37 saves for the Coyotes (16-15-2), who swept the two-game season series against the Maple Leafs.

Domingue denied Michael Grabner on a first-period penalty shot and protected the one-goal lead with big saves on PA Parenteau and Peter Holland in the final 10 minutes.

Domingue, who played seven games as a rookie with the Coyotes last season, was recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League because Mike Smith will miss 2-3 months following abdominal surgery. He was expected to back up Anders Lindback, but his play is keeping him on the ice.

"I have a totally different approach to my game as opposed to last year," Domingue said. "I'm confident and I know what I'm getting into and I'm just trying to do my job and go day by day. Right now, that's working."

Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier made 23 saves. He had won two in a row and is 2-9-3 in 14 decisions.

"We did a lot of great things, but we should have scored (more)," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "Our special teams were good. I think we played hard and got better as the game went. But we didn't finish."

After Arizona's Michael Stone was called for an illegal check to the head against Kadri, the red-hot Toronto power play opened the scoring. Dion Phaneuf set up van Riemsdyk for a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Domingue to the far post at 15:09 for his 12th goal of the season and fifth in the past six games.

It was the fourth straight power-play goal for the Maple Leafs, who scored on all three chances in a 7-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.

That's when Doan went to work.

Off the ensuing faceoff, Stefan Elliott's dump-in took a strange bounce off the back boards, and the puck rolled on its end into the slot. Doan was all alone on the forecheck and backhanded it over Bernier, off the crossbar and into the net at 15:16.

"I just tried to hit it," Doan said. "You're lucky to get it, then it hits the crossbar and then you try to claim you did it on purpose. You don't know where the puck is going, so it's hard for the goalie to know where it's going."

It was the 375th goal of Doan's career. It didn't take long for No. 376.

Kyle Chipchura set up Doan for a wrist shot that beat Bernier but hit the far post. The puck bounced into the crease, hit Bernier in the back and rolled to the near post. Doan dove and stuffed it home at 15:30 to make it 2-1 Arizona.

"I figured the puck was behind him and I wanted to get there before he found it," said Doan, who has 47 multigoal games in his NHL career. "I thought I scored the first time. After that, it was a scramble."

The final minute of the first period belonged to Domingue.

First, he stopped Byron Froese with the pad and Grabner with a diving glove save on a 2-on-0, shorthanded breakaway.

"I think me and the other people in the stands were the only people who knew it was a 2-on-0 because the first guy didn't see the other one," Domingue said. "The second save was just reacting and hoping."

Then, with 5.7 seconds left, Grabner was awarded a penalty shot after Oliver Ekman-Larsson took him down to prevent another shorthanded breakaway. Domingue made a stick save on Grabner's wrist shot headed between the pads.

"It was a save we needed at the time," Domingue said. "It's always easier when you are just alone with a guy and you can read him a little better."

Toronto turned up the physical pressure and outshot Arizona 15-10 in the second period.

A few minutes after an apparent Shawn Matthias goal was wiped out because he interfered with Domingue, the Maple Leafs tied the game with an aggressive shift.

Tyler Bozak circled behind the Arizona net and flipped a centering pass that deflected off Murphy's skate and floated across the crease. Kadri adjusted to the direction change and slapped the puck out of the air and past Domingue at 14:00 for his sixth goal and fifth point in the past four games.

Murphy's game-winner, which he scored with a slap shot from the right point with Max Domi creating traffic in front of Bernier, was the 20th goal by Arizona's defensemen.

"It was a sloppy game, but sometimes winning can be ugly," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "But Louis was real big in goal for us, and [Doan] took care of the offense.

Arizona finished the game without defenseman Nicklas Grossmann, who left with an upper-body injury in the second period.

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