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Arizona Coyotes combine altitude and attitude in 2-1 victory over Colorado Avalanche

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After a thrilling finish against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, the Arizona Coyotes went to OT again. This time, they came out on top.

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In a game where the energy, and attitude, were almost as high as the altitude there were plenty of shining points. After garnering only one point in an OT loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the Arizona Coyotes were pushing for two points tonight versus the Colorado Avalanche.

The game was both chirpy and chippy from start to finish but it would be the Coyotes who came out on top; thanks to Mikkel Boedker, whose clutch skills in OT only continue to build a case for an impressive contract in the offseason.

Game Summary

First Period

1-0 Colorado: After a rough turn over by Connor Murphy and a missed pass by Klas Dahlbeck, Jarome Iginla would create a net front presence and as a result net the first goal of the game. Assists go to Nathan MacKinnon and John Mitchell on the power play goal at 17:07.

Second Period

The second period went scoreless, but not for a lack of effort or energy; there were a couple of close shots for both teams.The game heated up, as Steve Downie was given an instigator game misconduct penalty after jousting with Andreas Martinsen at 12:23.

Third Period

1-1 Tie: Starting with a drive from the defensive zone, Mikkel Boedker executed a no-look pass, setting up Michael Stone for a nice slapshot from the top of the circle. Assists go to Boedker and Antoine Vermette at 2:34.

Overtime

2-1 Arizona: A save on Matt Duchene by Lindback leads to rebound that Brad Richardson fed to Boedker. He made no mistake on the breakaway for his third OT winner this season. Assists to Richardson and Lindback at 4:17.

Stat Report

Arizona Coyotes

Colorado Avalanche

First Period Shots

8

14

Second Period Shots

12

9

Third Period Shots

6

13

Overtime Shots

2

3

Total Shots

28

39

Power Plays

0 for 3

1 for 3

Faceoff Wins

27

34

Save Percentage

.974

.929

Paw Prints

  • For the Colorado perspective, check out Mile High Hockey.
  • After returning to the line-up for the game against the Kings, Zbynek Michalek was a healthy scratch. Due to Boyd Gordon's head injury last night, both Steve Downie and John Scott would re-join the line-up.
  • Anders Lindback was in the net for the first time since being pulled in the game against Columbus on December 12th.
  • Lindback also finally displayed his newly decorated mask, a nice change from the plain white one he has been sporting.

  • Iginla's goal was his 599th career NHL goal.
  • Michael Stone's goal was his first in 13 games.
  • For the second time in as many games, Mikkel Boedker tallied a point in every Coyotes goal.

Looking Ahead

The Coyotes will take on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks on home ice at Gila River Arena at 7 PM Arizona time.