Coyotes Recover From Early Deficit To Best Ducks 4-3 In OT
The way this game started I don’t know who would’ve blamed you for turning it off early. After coughing up two goals in the span of 1:06 before the game was even ten minutes old, things looked mighty dire for the Coyotes. Then the kids showed up and set the world right. A goal for Anthony Duclair. A goal for Max Domi. Another goal for Max Domi.
And then one of the most embarrassing plays of Ryan Getzlaf’s career happened that allowed Mikkel Boedker to score on a breakaway in the OT. Coyotes win 4-3!
Here’s how it went down:
- What can we possibly say about Mikkel Boedker? After that ice cold start he’s been putting up the points and now sits with 5g-7a-12p on the season after getting the game-winning goal tonight as well as an assist on Anthony Duclair’s opening goal. Now if we could just get Tippett to take him permanently off of the power play point…
- One of the unsung heroes of this comeback victory for the Coyotes is Boyd Gordon, who was a huge part of the 5-on-3 and subsequent 5-on-4 kill late that kept the Coyotes tied and allowed them to reach OT. Winning face-offs, blocking shots…Gordon deserves some kudos along with Lindback and the kids post game.
- Was there a point in this game where you missed Mike Smith? Hmm…not really. Even early, what happened with Anders Lindback was as much on the team as it was on Lindback himself. That’s not going to change no matter who is in net. The soft starts are are all too common for the Coyotes. Beyond that? Lindback has shown what we keep expecting to see from Smitty. Consistency. Solid play tonight. That said, let’s give Smith a go tomorrow night. This starting goalies on back-to-backs thing hasn’t been working out.
- Anthony Duclair gets back on the scoreboard with a goal and an assist. He’d been lurking for a bit and had begun turning it on – particularly against the Rangers – and tonight he was on his game again. Keep shooting #10. MORE GOALS!
- I cringe a little every time Stefan Elliott is on the ice in a defensive situation. He’s so gifted offensively and such a liability in his own end. If only this were the NFL and he could play only offensive opportunities with no need for defense…but he can’t. Get well soon Nick Grossmann. Get well soon.
- Recent call-up Dustin Jeffrey somehow ended up on a line with Mikkel Boedker and Max Domi tonight at times. Not sure how that happened or that I much care for it, but Jeffrey got his first assist as a Coyote and made no glaring mistakes. Welcome to the desert!
- You already know this, but Max Domi is looking more and more like the best thing to happen to the Coyotes since…hell, I don’t even know when. It’s been a while. Two goals tonight. One was a poachers goal that you love to see and then the next was an close range snipe to beat Andersen. He plays with so much speed and always has a smile on his face. I imagine Doan and co. are as happy to have him as the fanbase is.
- Martin Hanzal notched another assist to tie for 2nd place in the NHL with 13 on the season. He also won 68% of his faceoffs. Domi and Duclair have been a revelation and we all know Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the star, but the team just cannot go without Hanzal on the ice. It’s just a different unit with him out there.
What a game. It was exciting. Fast paced. The Coyotes turned on their give-a-damn switch in the 2nd period and played with a ton of heart in the third. Lindback made key saves. The kids carried the team. All is right in the world for one night.
Tomorrow we face the LA Kings. Yeah, those guys. #BeatLA