Arizona Coyotes Beat Avalanche 2-1 In OT
The Arizona Coyotes took the road to face the Colorado Avalanche after a rousing overtime matchup against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Arizona Coyotes are glad they have Mikkel Boedker this season. That much is certain.
An early goal by the immortal Jarome Iginla gave the Avs a 1-0 lead that stood for almost all of three periods. Defender Michael Stone found the net 2:34 into the 3rd period after connecting on a drop pass from Boedker.
The overtime stanza was a breathtaking affair that ended when Boedker got the puck on a breakaway and beat Avs goaltender Semyon Varlamov.
Arizona Coyotes win 2-1.
Here’s how it went down:
Anders Lindback saved 39 of 40 shots he faced and effectively proved once again that when the Arizona Coyotes take the ice they have zero clue what they are gonna get from their backstop in net.
Max Domi continues his dry spell. He’s only had one point in his past five games. Has he hit the rookie wall?
Antoine Vermette has five points in his past five games. For a player who started out this season in such an abysmal fashion, he’s now managed 11 points in his past 15 games.
Despite his six penalty minutes, Oliver Ekman-Larsson still managed 27:06 of time on ice. That is a ton. Occasional gaffe or no, it’s hard to imagine how deplorable this team might be without OEL.
Arizona Coyotes Player of the Game
Mikkel Boedker made the magic happen in Colorado last night. With an assist and the game winning goal, Boedker put the Coyotes on his back on Sunday night. He now has five points in his last two games and is up to 28 points on the season. Not too shabby.
The Big Picture
It’s the strange case of goaltending Jekyll and Hyde. Last night Anders Lindback was on his “A” game and played more or less lights out, stopping every shot that was sent in his direction and left his team feeling like they could play with a little confidence.
The last game he played in before that? He gave up four goals on ten shots against Columbus.
It’s pretty scary when you’re in a predicament like this team is with all of it’s goaltending options, but when you consider where the team likely should be based on the makeup of it’s roster, it doesn’t seem like such a dire situation.
Some nights Lindback, Louis Domingue, and Mike Smith will steal games for the Arizona Coyotes. Some nights they’ll throw them away. It’s in the Coyotes best interest long term to finish lower than higher, regardless of how their relatively plum position in the Pacific Division looks.
If they make it into the playoffs, they will get waxed in the first round. If they struggle down the back half of the season, they’ll have the opportunity to draft a standout piece like Auston Matthews or Matthew Tkachuk.
Still, wins like this one make it hard to swallow that the team may be better off competing hard and losing instead of winning a few of these matchups with a touch luck.
The Arizona Coyotes face the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 PM on Tuesday night. Prepare for a boatload of Antoine Vermette coverage.