Coyotes legend Shane Doan watches son rating 2 in NHL debut

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Along with his mother and father on the high of Mullett Area in a collection, Josh Doan scored two targets, together with the go-ahead tally, in his first NHL recreation, and the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Tuesday night time.

Doan, son of the Coyotes’ longtime captain and all-time objective chief Shane Doan, scored an unassisted objective within the second interval to place Arizona forward 2-1, backhanding the puck previous Columbus netminder Elvis Merzlikins at shut vary. He scored the winner within the third interval, deflecting the puck previous Merzlikins proper in entrance of the crease on the 8:29 mark.

“I nearly missed it,” Shane Doan, talking on the Coyotes’ postgame telecast on Scripps Sports activities, mentioned of his son’s first objective. “It is so cool.”

Josh Doan, from close by Scottsdale, is the primary Arizona native to play for the franchise. The 22-year-old performed collegiately at Arizona State. He was referred to as up Monday from Tucson of the AHL after main the Roadrunners with 26 targets and 20 assists in 62 video games.

“I used to be a bit bit nervous,” Doan mentioned on the Coyotes’ postgame present. “However my mother [Andrea] was up there, carrying the feelings a bit bit more durable.”

The rookie admitted being shocked by the followers after his first objective.

“The response was undoubtedly one thing particular,” he mentioned, “and listening to how loud the constructing acquired for that was cool.”

All alongside, from the bench, he was keeping track of the Doan suite, although.

“I seen that my youthful brother [Carson] was about to return out of the suite in some unspecified time in the future. That was one factor that I undoubtedly seen,” Doan mentioned. “However he is been the perfect supporter since day one, so I do not anticipate something much less from him.”

Nick Bjugstad, Nick Schmaltz, Dylan Guenther and Matias Maccelli — additionally amongst Doan’s largest supporters on his grand night time — scored, as nicely, as Arizona pulled away with 4 targets within the third interval. The targets from Schmaltz and Guenther had been short-handed. Schmaltz’s was his twentieth of the season.

“It was superior all night time, on the ice and on the bench,” Doan mentioned of his teammates. “They had been very supportive and speaking me via it. It was an actual group effort, with everybody ensuring we caught to the sport plan.”

Karel Vejmelka, who allowed the primary objective of the sport, stopped 24 pictures for the Coyotes within the win.

Boone Jenner and Zach Werenski scored for Columbus, which has misplaced 5 straight. Merzlikins had 29 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have not received since March 16.

A minute after Doan’s first objective, Arizona’s Michael Kesselring was penalized for tripping, and with 38.8 seconds left within the interval, Werenski scored on the facility play for Columbus to tie it. Werenski assisted on Jenner’s objective, and Johnny Gaudreau assisted on each.

The Coyotes had been formally eradicated from postseason play on Tuesday when the eighth-place Vegas Golden Knights picked up some extent in a 5-4 time beyond regulation loss on the Nashville Predators. The Blue Jackets had been ousted from the playoff race on Sunday.

Arizona proper winger Clayton Keller’s five-game objective streak come to an finish. It’s the franchise’s longest streak since Daniel Briere had six in January 2001. Keller did have an help on Maccelli’s objective.

The Blue Jackets had a objective taken off the board within the ultimate minute of the primary interval when Alexandre Texier was penalized for prime sticking earlier than scoring in entrance of the web.

There have been fights in every interval. Two minutes in, Mathieu Olivier and Liam O’Brien squared off close to middle ice. Every acquired 5 minutes for preventing. Erik Gudbranson and Josh Brown fought within the second interval. And with 1:21 to go, Michael Carcone and the James Malatesta — making his NHL debut for the Blue Jackets — exchanged punches.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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