Mikkel Boedker’s Hat Trick Powers Coyotes Past Ottawa 4-3
False starts, soft starts, and bad starts in general have plagued the Arizona Coyotes this season. Too often they can’t get out of their own way and it has cost them a couple of games they should have won. Mikkel Boedker scoring 38 seconds into the first frame was a different beast altogether, and it felt like the Yotes were unexpectedly ahead so early that it threw off their rhythm for the next 19 minutes and change.
Ottawa dominated the entire rest of the first scoring one goal. If not for a standout performance by Anders Lindback they would have put two or three more on the board. Whatever the issue was in the 1st, Lindback’s play galvanized the team going forward and they came back out with a purpose in the second period. Boedker scored again just 41 seconds in, while recently recalled Dustin Jeffrey got on the end of a sick outlet pass from Tobias Rieder as Jeffrey left the penalty box. He beat Craig Anderson 1-on-1 to score and gave the Coyotes a two goal lead 3-1. Naturally, the Coyotes had to give a goal up right after that but the score remained 3-2 going into the 3rd period.
In the third, a glorious chance for rookie phenom Max Domi created a rebound off the pads of Anderson which Mikkel Boedker slammed home for his 3rd goal of the night. Queue the hats!
The Senators would score again but no avail. Coyotes win 4-3!
Here’s how it went down:
- Michael Stone grabbed two assists against his brother Mark Stone. It looked like he was going to have bragging rights for the game until a late Mark Stone shot caromed up over Lindback’s head and into the net. Talk about luck.
- You’re awesome and it’s great that you are so selfless Anthony Duclair, but please shoot the puck more and pass less. Except under the rarest circumstances, I never want to see #10 passing up an open shot to make the extra pass to Antoine Vermette. Your thing is scoring goals. Scoring goals is not Vermette’s thing. That is all.
- Speaking of Antoine Vermette, don’t look now but the slow starting center added an assist on two of Boedker’s goals to make that five points in his last five games and four points in his last three games.
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson finished plus-2 on the night but had no points. He was definitely present, however, and also seems to be quite the target for the opposition the last three games with no Shane Doan, Joe Vitale, or John Scott in or around the lineup. His Swedish counterpart Erik Karlsson had two assists but still finished minus-2 on the night as he was on the ice for every goal the Coyotes scored. I’ll keep our Swede, thanks.
- Goalie Anders Lindback had a freakin’ whale of a first period and was pretty solid throughout to give the Coyotes the win. These past few games have seen both goalies carve out consecutive decent performances. If the consistency that’s been lacking in goal solidifies, the Yotes should be able to continue winning and stay in the playoff picture.
- Max Domi has been much quieter in the last five games, but despite not wreaking havoc with his speed he has managed 4 points in that three game span. The kid is constantly involved in goals. So good.
- No Zbynek Michalek meant Stefan Elliott was in the lineup tonight. I could see you nervously shifting in your seat from here. Tippett kept him well sheltered and he finished even on the night after playing only 12:22. Whew. He is still a beaut in the offensive zone, though.
- The Great Dane, #89 Mikkel Boedker owns the Sens according to head coach Dave Tippett. The early goal was sick while the second was just Boedker digging and showing a little grit. The final goal off the Max Domi rebound was the quintessential goal-scorer’s goal. It is a little concerning that six of his 9 goals have come in only two games, but he does have 18 points on the season and it’s not like he’s been a slouch in the past several weeks. Barring injury we may finally see Boeds become the 20-goal scorer the Coyotes always thought he’d be.
The Coyotes finished their homestand 3-0. The final two games were pretty harrowing and you could definitely say that the team deserved to lose both based on the play, however stellar efforts from goalies Mike Smith and Anders Lindback kept the Coyotes in the game long enough for the goal scoring to come around.
Two months of hockey are in the books. Arizona sits at a palatable 13-9-1, good for 3rd place in the Pacific Division. We’re still in it through November just like Dave Tippett and Don Maloney hoped.
Tuesday the team kicks off December and heads to my old stomping grounds of Nashville to take on Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators.