Arizona Coyotes vs Minnesota Wild

Arizona Coyotes Win 2-1 In OT Over Minnesota

Published On December 12, 2015 | By Jason Harrison | Gameday

The Arizona Coyotes returned home on Friday night after a disappointing road trip hoping to get things back on track against the Minnesota Wild.

After a disappointing road trip and a series of lackluster games, the Arizona Coyotes returned to Gila River Arena on Friday night to battle the Wild.

The Yotes were outshot 10-5 in the first period, but managed to hang in thanks to stellar play from goalie Anders Lindback. The shot count was swung heavily in the favor of the Wild thanks to three Arizona Coyotes penalties, including two from defenseman Michael Stone.

The second period saw the Coyotes outworked at both ends of the ice, and for a moment it looked as if Minnesota was going to pull away in the same fashion as the Boston Bruins had in their two matchups with the Yotes.

At 6:33 into the second frame, Nicklas Grossmann attempted to lay a hit on Zach Parise only to see Parise chip the puck past him and blow by him. Michael Stone attempted to block the Parise cross-ice pass to Jared Spurgeon but to no avail. Spurgeon scored a tap-in, 1-0 Wild.

The Arizona Coyotes struck back late in the second when Tobias Rieder scooped up a giveaway and hit Mikkel Boedker on a long stretch pass. Boedker beat Darcy Kuemper and the Coyotes tied things up 1-1.

The third saw no scoring for either team and Arizona finally managed to outshoot the Wild for a period.

3-on-3 overtime began with Zach Parise being penalized for high-sticking Brad Richardson, and 34 seconds into the OT Mikkel Boedker scored after Michael Stone’s point shot redirected off of Antoine Vermette and straight onto the stick of Boedker.

Arizona Coyotes win 2-1.

Here’s the video of how it went down:

  • Mikkel Boedker scores when he wants to, he scores when he wants to, he scores when…Is Boeds capable of having a one goal game? He has 10 goals on the season, and eight of them have came in just three games. That’s a hell of a statistic.
  • Michael Stone had a pretty rough night early but made up for it late after his shot caromed into Boedker’s path in the Overtime. Whenever he mucks things up he always seems to bounce back with a play to make things right. It may not be during the same game, but he makes up for his mistakes eventually.
  • When Max Domi went down after taking that puck to the face late in the 3rd period, you could feel the whole arena hold their breath. Thankfully he was in good enough shape to get back on the ice in time for overtime. He has been three games without a point, now, however.
  • Anders Lindback carried the Arizona Coyotes on his back for the majority of the game. It’s kind of amazing how hot and cold the goalies on this team run, but when they are hot it makes things much easier for the skaters in front of them.

Much like the last homestand, the Yotes were outworked but did just enough to survive at the end of the day. The starts are still very sluggish, and the team goes through awkward stretches where they cannot complete a tape to tape pass to save their lives.

The power play was 0 for 5 until Parise’s high sticking penalty during the overtime 3-on-3. The team is now back down to converting on 15% of it’s power play chances, a statistic that finds them now 29th of 30 teams in the NHL for power play percentage.

The Coyotes are back at it tonight at home against the Carolina Hurricanes. Puck drops at 7:00.