‘Yotes Notes: Dvorak Scores First NHL Goal
GLENDALE – Christian Dvorak became the third Coyotes rookie to notch his first NHL goal this season in Arizona’s 3-2 shootout win over Nashville on Thursday night at Gila River Arena.
Dvorak scored a nifty, backhanded goal past Pekka Rinne at 9:17 of the first period to give Arizona a 1-0 lead. The 20-year-old forward took a pass from Ryan White at the top of the slot, skated to his right and around Preds defenseman Matt Irwin, and then lifted a shot that hit Rinne’s glove and trickled into the net.
Dvorak also chipped in an assist on a goal scored by Anthony Duclair at 5:48 of the third period that pulled Arizona into a 2-2 tie. It’s the first multi-point game of Dvorak’s eight-game NHL career.
“It’s a little bit of a relief,” Dvorak said. “It’s special to get the first NHL goal and it’s nice to help the team win.”