Sometimes you lose games you deserve to win. Sometimes you win games you deserve to lost. On Throwback Night, it appears the Arizona Coyotes did the latter.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson's shorthanded goal in overtime was enough to overcome seven Arizona penalties as they defeated the Calgary Flames by a final score of 2-1 at Gila River Arena.
It was a back and forth first period, but ultimately one that resulted in a clean scoresheet.
1-0 Arizona: The Coyotes got a little puck luck to score the opening goal of the game, as the puck bounced off a post, Martin Hanzal's leg, and in. Assist to Tobias Rieder on the goal at 0:29 of the second period.
1-1 Tie: Arizona's penalties would eventually come back to bite them, as Mark Giordano rifled a shot from the near-side faceoff circle over Smith to tie the game. Assists to Johnny Gaudreau and Jiri Hudler on the power play goal at 16:40.
Despite three power plays and a two-minute four on four stretch, neither team could find the go ahead goal, and this game went into overtime.
2-1 Arizona: The Coyotes sealed the win on the stick of Oliver-Ekman Larsson, who made no mistake on a behind the net pass from Brad Richardson from the slot. Assists to Richardson and Domi on the goal at 4:20 of OT.
|Calgary Flames||Arizona Coyotes|
|First Period Shots||12||8|
|Second Period Shots||9||5|
|Third Period Shots||4||4|
|Power Plays||1 for 6||0 for 2|
- For the Calgary reaction, check out Matchsticks and Gasoline.
- Shane Doan sat out for the second consecutive game for Arizona.
- Mikkel Boedker was originally credited with a secondary assist on Hanzal's goal, but his assist was removed midway through the third period.
- Nicklas Grossmann did some serious yeoman's work on the penalty kill; he played 7:11 shorthanded, more than anyone else on the ice.
- The group of Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie, and Sean Monahan were out on the ice for both Coyotes goals.
- OEL received two minutes for boarding in the third period after a controversial hit on Mark Giordano. Giordano appeared to place himself in a vulnerable position away from the boards, but Ekman-Larsson hit him square in the numbers while attempting to separate Giordano from the puck.
- Immediately after, Ekman-Larsson would receive a cross-check from TJ Brodie in retaliation. Though neither official raised their arm to penalize Ekman-Larsson's first hit, he nonetheless went off the ice for two minutes along with Brodie.
- Attendance: 11,495
Arizona plays a rare home back-to-back, as they take on the Ottawa Senators tomorrow night at Gila River Arena. Puck drop is at 8 PM Arizona time to accommodate the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.