The Coyotes needed a break. Phoenix hadn’t won in regulation since December 12. Their captain, Shane Doan, was sidelined for a month with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
A lucky bounce and a game-opening goal by Doan was just what they needed. Of course, they probably didn’t expect it to go like this. Specifically, to go off Doan’s shoulder.
Mikkel Boedker’s centering pass from behind the net hit Doan up high, bouncing past unsuspecting Flames netminder Reto Berra.
Veteran official Dan O’Halloran immediately called it a goal. Looking to confirm what exactly happened on the play, he reached out to the Situation Room.
”We were able to get a little puck luck there in the second and kind of pushed the game along,” said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett after the game.
It was Doan’s first goal since December 3 against the Edmonton Oilers. This one may not have come off his stick, but it counted just the same.
From the NHL:
At 2:07 of the second period in the Flames/Coyotes game, video review confirmed the referee’s call on the ice that the puck deflected off of Shane Doan and into the net in a legal fashion.
According to Rule 78.4 “if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed.”
Good goal Phoenix.