After the Arizona Cardinals scraped out a 23-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings at University of Phoenix Stadium, the Arizona Coyotes followed it up with a 2-1 OT victory next door against the Minnesota Wild.
Mikkel Boedker was nearly the beneficiary of a nice behind the net play by Tobias Rieder, but Darcy Kuemper did just enough to disrupt the puck and keep the game scoreless through 20.
1-0 Minnesota: Zach Parise may not be producing as much as he did in New Jersey, but he still has a lot of talent for making plays. His gorgeous move entering the offensive zone sets up a centering pass to Jared Spurgeon, who buries the puck from the top of the crease to open the scoring. Assists to Parise and Jason Pominville on the goal at 6:33.
1-1 Tie: Mikkel Boedker takes advantage of a stretch pass and some hesitation on the part of Darcy Kuemper to score on a breakaway. Kuemper probably could have gotten to the puck first had he left his net, but Boedker got his stick on Rieder's pass and tied the game. Assist to Rieder on the goal at 17:50.
A high-stress, penalty filled third period was not enough to decide this one, as neither team could get a goal in the third.
2-1 Arizona: the power play, rendered largely ineffective all night, came through in the clutch. Mikkel Boedker collected a Michael Stone rebound from a sharp angle, and backhanded the puck in for the game winner. Assists to Antoine Vermette - who deflected the Stone shot on the way in - and Stone on the power play goal at 0:34 of overtime.
|Minnesota Wild||Arizona Coyotes|
|First Period Shots||10||5|
|Second Period Shots||10||6|
|Third Period Shots||8 (0 OT)||8 (+1 OT)|
|Power Plays||0 for 4||1 for 6|
- For the Minnesota perspective, check out Hockey Wilderness.
- Martin Hanzal joined Shane Doan on injured reserve prior to tonight's game. It remains unclear how long he will be out.
- The opening faceoff of the game was delayed approximately six minutes to fix a panel of glass on the boards.
- Zach Parise has nine goals and six assists with Minnesota when playing Arizona.
- Mikkel Boedker has eleven goals in 29 games for the Coyotes. He had 14 through 45 games last season.
- Max Domi took a beating in this one. He missed several shifts late in the third period after a deflected puck hit him in the visor. Domi wasn't badly injured, but needed stitches where the visor cut his face.
- Attendance: 14,404
Continuing a season-long tradition of bizarrely scheduled games, the Coyotes will play at home tomorrow night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Puck drop is at 7 PM Arizona time.