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For Max Domi, the chase is on. In his first career game, Domi fired home a gorgeous wrist shot for his first career goal and now sits only 103 goals away from catching his father, Tie, in career goals.
When it came to putting points on the board, Tie Domi’s bread and butter was getting to the front of the net and locating loose pucks. As for his son, Max, teams are going to have to watch out no matter where the youngster is.
Domi didn’t waste much time getting on the score sheet in Game One of his NHL career. Late in the first period, Domi was deep in the Los Angeles Kings’ zone when he received a pass from Martin Hanzal. Domi expertly picked the pass up using his skates, kicked it to his stick and slipped a gorgeous feed to Oliver Ekman-Larsson who made no mistake.
With Domi’s first career assist under his belt after the first period, he entered the second frame looking to get the ever-important first career goal. And after Coyotes winger Steve Downie flattened Kings center Jordan Weal, Domi was the beneficiary, picking up a loose puck and letting go a beautiful wrist shot to score his first NHL goal in his first NHL game:
It’s a great sign for the Coyotes that Domi has already found the score sheet twice, as he and Anthony Duclair will be heavily relied upon to spark an offense which was among the league’s worst in 2014-15. Domi, 20, is no stranger to finding the back of the net, too.
This past season, Domi played his fourth and final season with the OHL’s London Knights and scored 32 goals and 102 points in 57 games. All told, Domi managed 126 goals and 331 points in 244 OHL games over his career, so he’s certainly not the grinder his father was.
And after Friday night’s goal, Domi is only 103 tallies away from catching dear old dad.