Arizona Coyotes Beat Winnipeg Jets Late 4-2; Doan Makes History
The Arizona Coyotes looked to end 2015 with a bang on Thursday night in Glendale as the Winnipeg Jets came to town. The matchup was also the first chance for captain Shane Doan to break Dale Hawerchuk’s franchise goal-scoring record.
The Arizona Coyotes and their players and staff have reached a few milestones in the 2015-16 season. None of them were bigger or will be a better story to tell your grandkids than Shane Doan breaking the Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes franchise goal-scoring record in his first opportunity against…the new Winnipeg Jets.
Beyond the chippiness of the game and the questionable first goal by Winnipeg, the Coyotes were absolutely dominated for large portions of the contest.
It was only thanks to a key shot late in the third by OEL going past Connor Hellebuyck that they snuck out of Gila River Arena with a win.
Here’s how it went down:
- Can we go ahead and just call Louis Domingue the number one goalie going forward while Mike Smith is out? He has a bit to prove to hold that title once Smith returns, but the difference in consistency between Louis and Anders Lindback seems rather pronounced six games into his second stint with the Arizona Coyotes. Plus, who doesn’t love the chants of Louuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!! Oh, and Louis? Never try to play the puck up the middle like that ever again. Ever. Again.
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored another goal and is now sitting at 10 for the season. The goal tied him for 6th all-time for defensemen in franchise history with 65. He’s 24 years old. Good times ahead. Could he be any more clutch?
- He has been struggling of late, but good lord is Max Domi not a hell of a young man or what. Passing up his own primo shot to pass the puck back to his captain for the record breaking goal? As if Arizona Coyotes fans could love those two any more. You’ve gotta think it earns him some good karma going forward as well.
- Mikkel Boedker got another point and now has points in four straight games and 7 points in his last four games. That’ll do, Boeds. That’ll do.
- Tobias Rieder looks like he got bit by the same snake that got a-hold of OEL earlier in the season.
Arizona Coyotes Player of the Game
For the second straight game, the team was led by Captain Coyote Shane Doan. He scored three goals against the Blackhawks and added two more against Winnipeg to secure the Yotes victory and his own place atop the goal-scoring chart for the franchise he’s helped nurture in the desert. It couldn’t happen to a much better player or person. Well done, Doaner.
The View From The 200 Level
All that warm fuzzy stuff aside, the Arizona Coyotes were lucky to walk out of Gila River Arena as the victors.
They were outplayed, outshot, and outhustled for long periods of time. It was only by the brilliance of Louis Domingue that the team stayed in this one long enough for the goal-scoring sticks to heat up and pull the Yotes out of the fire.
The Coyotes are an average team that has a penchant for below average starts putting them in holes that they can’t get out of. One of the most interesting stories of the season, however, is how they almost always seem to claw back out and make a real game of it win or lose. The kids and the vets don’t quit, that’s for sure.
That’s a sign of the imprint of Dave Tippett, though you’d prefer to see Tippett have imprinted a little more desperation in his team in the first period 37 games into the season.
Still, the New Year is here and the Yotes now sit in second in the Pacific Division with 39 points. They hold a 2 point cushion over the 4th place Vancouver Canucks.
What a game and what a year. Happy New Year!
The Arizona Coyotes play the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday at 2:00 PM.