Arizona Coyotes goalie Anders Lindback

…And The Belt Goes To: Minnesota Edition

Published On December 12, 2015 | By Jason Harrison | B-Sides

The Arizona Coyotes have been in a bit of a slump lately.

Their recent run of form had found them below the .500 mark for the first time all season, as well as on the outside looking in at a playoff spot in the weak Pacific Division.

That changed on Friday night in Glendale as the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Wild in overtime 2-1. Who scored the two goals?

None other than Mikkel Boedker, of course.

Boedker scored on a beautiful home run pass from Tobias Rieder in the second period, beat Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper to tie the game.

Then, in the extra frame Boedker was in the right place at the right time as Michael Stone‘s shot from the point redirected after hitting Antoine Vermette in front of the net.

It fell right to Boeds who put it in the yawning net for the game-winning goal.

The real story on the night, though? It was Anders Lindback. He kept the team in the game when nothing was working for the Arizona Coyotes, and he was rewarded for his efforts with the win and the game belt.

Lindback finished the game saving 27 of 28 shots he faced for a .964 save percentage. Simply put, he was clutch.

By my reckoning, that’s the second time Lindback has won the Arizona Coyotes player of the game belt this season.

With Mike Smith in and out of form as well as in and out of the lineup, it’s possible that he could see a few more team awards if he can maintain consistency.