The Arizona Coyotes may not have much going for them this season, as they are expected by the vast majority of hockey fandom to finish in the Western Conference’s basement, but a hot start (3-1-0) and the play of rookies Max Domi and Anthony Duclair in particular so far this young season has been something to behold.
Last night against the Minnesota Wild, Domi and Duclair were at it again. Midway through the second period Duclair notched his fourth goal in four games. Not to be outdone, as the period was drawing to a close Domi went ahead and did this:
The play starts with a tricky flip pass from Martin Hanzal as Domi was streaking up through center ice. The puck went to Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who attempted to bat the puck forward and out of the zone, inadvertently giving it right to Domi instead. From there the 20-year-old makes no mistake, narrowly avoiding Spurgeon’s poke-check and firing a laser behind Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk before the netminder even knew the shot was coming.
The goal was a continuation of what has been an outstanding start to the second-generation NHLer’s career. Through four games Domi already has three goals and six points, many coming in electric fashion. Domi’s goal last night is already an early contender for “Goal of the Year” in the NHL this season, and the way he and Duclair have been playing as they race towards the Calder Trophy, he may have a few more entries into that competition before he’s done his rookie campaign.