The Arizona Coyotes entered the 2015-16 NHL season as a team that was not expected to accomplish much, other than maybe securing better odds of landing homegrown top NHL Draft prospect, Auston Matthews. But the Coyotes have gotten off to a good start in the early going, defeating the Los Angeles Kings on Friday, then beating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1, on Saturday night in the Coyotes’ home opener.
The game-winning goal against the Penguins came off the stick of rookie forward Jordan Martinook, his first NHL goal. Martinook’s first came one night after teammate Max Domi notched his first career goal.
With the the game tied at one and the puck in the Penguins’ zone, Martinook gained control of the puck in the slot and fired a shot that Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped. A scramble ensued in front of Fleury and, after a couple of whacks by Coyotes’ players, the puck came to Martinook to the left of Fleury.
Martinook was chosen in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft by the then Phoenix Coyotes. He spent most of the past three seasons with the Portland Pirates of the AHL, posting 15 goals and 43 points in 62 games for that team in 2014-15.
Jordan Martinook told me that his parents bought a big screen TV and the NHL package after he made the roster. Had a nice look at that goal.
— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) October 11, 2015
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