Arizona Coyotes, Shane Doan Power Past Hurricanes, 4-2
Shane Doan’s strong night helped the Arizona Coyotes past Carolina, 4-2.
Prior to Friday night’s matchup between the Arizona Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes, ‘Canes head coach Bill Peters had some strong words for backup goaltender Eddie Lack.
Dave Tippett has had similar thoughts about Coyotes backup goaltender Louis Domingue this season, though his comments haven’t been nearly as pointed.
Domingue assuaged some of the worry with a second straight strong start, backstopping the team to two points in Raleigh.
The real star of the night for Arizona was Shane Doan, however.
He set up a beautiful goal for Christian Dvorak with a backhanded cross-ice pass that landed directly in Dvo’s wheelhouse.
Nine minutes into the third period, Doan stole a puck behind the Hurricanes’ net and found a wide open Jordan Martinook out in front for an easy goal.
The icing on the cake was the empty-netter he scored to seal the victory. The captain was happy, the team was happy for him, and the Coyotes snuck out with a win against a team that was in the playoff hunt until recent weeks.
Coyotes win, 4-2.
Arizona Coyotes Player of the Game
Some nights Shane Doan can hit the button on the rejuvenation machine and become the player he used to be for short stretches, sometimes even a full game or two. It’s always short lived, considering his age and the miles on his body, but damn if it isn’t fun when he does.
Doan may be upset that franchise has basically shipped off every veteran player he’s played with, but nights like tonight make you forget that bit of drama and the rest of the noise around the campaign.
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Arizona was again outshot in every single period by the Hurricanes, but that didn’t stop them tonight.
Pucks were going in the net (it’s helpful to face Cam Ward for this kind of thing) and Louis was doing his job keeping them out at the other end.
Christian Dvorak continued to show he’s getting a firm grasp on life in the NHL, while Anthony Duclair returned to the lineup and played a full three minutes less than the lowest played forward. Duke also didn’t record a shot on goal which is concerning.
It’s a bit too early to see what’s going to happen to him, but rest assured playing eight minutes a night is unlikely to help the situation.
Tipp needs to set him free with Max Domi or another skilled winger and see where he takes himself in the final weeks of the season.
The Arizona Coyotes play Carolina yet again on Sunday on the back end of a home-and-home show down.