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Oliver Ekman-Larsson's OT goal carries Coyotes over Flames

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A tough night for the Arizona Coyotes results in an overtime win over the Calgary Flames

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Scoring Summary

First Period

It was a back and forth first period, but ultimately one that resulted in a clean scoresheet.

Second Period

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.

Third Period

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.

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.

Stat Report

Calgary Flames Arizona Coyotes
First Period Shots 12 8
Second Period Shots 9 5
Third Period Shots 4 4
Overtime Shots 1 3
Total Shots 26 20
Power Plays 1 for 6 0 for 2
Faceoff Wins 20 38
Save Percentage .900 .962


Paw Prints

  • 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

Looking Ahead

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.