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His 1st was his 900th

Shane-Doan-2Saturday night at Gilla River Arena the heart and soul of the Arizona Coyotes scored the first goal of the night and the 900th point of his career within the first three minutes of the the 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Playing in his 1,399th NHL game, Doan scored his first goal of the season at 2:12 of the first period for his 900th point. It’s a significant feat because only one other player in the history of the Coyotes/Jets franchise, Dale Hawerchuk has accomplished it.

For the night, Captain Shane Doan had a goal and two assists for Arizona, moving him past the 900-point mark in the process. He trails Dale Hawerchuk by 10 goals and 27 points for the all-time franchise record in each category.

But, in typical Shane Doan style his quote after the game was not about himself, but about the team. “They outplayed us in the first half of that game pretty badly. [Mike Smith] was unbelievable. We deserved to be in a bigger hole than we were going into the third,” said Doan, whose team entered the final period down 2-1 despite having been outshot 33-10. “We’ve got to find ways to win games at home. We didn’t think we started the way we needed to, and that can’t be a trend.”

For his career, Doan has 369 goals, 533 assists for a total of 903 points. To give you an idea of how 900 points ranks in the history of hockey, it doesn’t even get you into the top 100 of all time. According to Doan will need to get at least 909 total points to surpass Scott Stevens and then be number 100.

DoanRookieCardDoan was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round, seventh overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He was the Jets’ final first-round pick to play in the NHL prior to the franchise moving to Phoenix. He has played his entire career with that NHL organization. He is the last remaining player currently active in the NHL from the original Winnipeg Jets. Competing internationally for Team Canada, Doan has won two gold medals and three silvers at the World Championships as well as one World Cup championship in 2004. He was also a member of Canada’s 2006 Winter Olympic team.

The goal that Doan scored was actually met with a coaches challenge from the Bruins. Here’s the official ruling from the NHL:DoanAutograph

At 2:12 of the first period in the Bruins/Coyotes game, Boston requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether an Arizona player interfered with Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask prior to Shane Doan’s goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.

Therefore the original call stands – good goal Arizona Coyotes.

Since the Coach’s Challenge did not result in the original call being overturned, the Boston Bruins forfeit their time-out.

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