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The Arizona Coyotes defeated the Minnesota Wild in a game they shouldn't have won, but an overtime they should have.

Spoiler Alert: this guy plays really well
Spoiler Alert: this guy plays really well
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It's hard to describe the Arizona Coyotes' 2-1 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night at Xcel Energy Center. Louis Domingue played out of his mind in front of a team that couldn't get anything going, and then one bone-headed play by Devan Dubnyk gave the Coyotes all the room they needed to take the victory.

Game Summary

First Period

Arizona took four shots on net to Minnesota's 13. Couldn't get much worse could it?

Second Period

Arizona took two shots on net to Minnesota's 11. Apparently it could.

Third Period

1-0 Minnesota: The Wild broke-through after an undoubtedly frustrating first fifty minutes of play. Charlie Coyle skated in on Louis Domingue, but inexplicably Michael Stone went down to block the spot despite Domingue covering the angle and no passing option for Charlie Coyle. Stone missed, and Coyle had wide open ice to Domingue's right to bang home the rebound. Assists to Nino Niederreiter and Mikko Koivu on the goal at 10:20.

1-1 Tie: Arizona got an absolute gift of a goal thanks to Devan Dubnyk, who channeled every bad habit Arizona's puck-handling goaltenders have exhibited over the past few years to give up the equalizer late in the game, with Minnesota on the power play.

Antoine Vermette actually probably misses the net if Jared Spurgeon is not in the crease, but a goal is a goal, and Vermette will take the shortie. Assist to Tobias Rieder on the shorthanded goal at 18:47.

Overtime

It's getting old now. Arizona thinks they scored on a power play in overtime, but the goal was waved off due to incidental contact with Dubnyk. Here's the play in question:

Is Mikkel Boedker in the crease? Yes. Does it impede Dubnyk's ability to make a save? Hard to say yes. So off we go to the shootout instead, where Anthony Duclair ended the game in beautiful fashion.

Stat Report

Arizona Coyotes Minnesota Wild
First Period Shots 4 13
Second Period Shots 2 11
Third Period Shots 17 11
Overtime Shots 1 0
Total Shots 24 35
Power Plays 0 for 3 0 for 2
Faceoff Wins 35 35
Save Percentage .971 .958

Paw Prints

  • For reaction from Minnesota, check out Hockey Wilderness.
  • Nicklas Grossmann did not go tonight, so Jarred Tinordi saw action again. He played 14:52.
  • Arizona's shorthanded goal was their first this season. The Detroit Red Wings are the only team remaining without a shortie this season.
  • Antoine Vermette now has a pair of goals in his last four games.
  • Anthony Duclair took six shots on goal, which is a season high for him. He went the last three games without a shot on goal.
  • Charlie Coyle now has goals in three consecutive games for the Wild.

Looking Ahead

Arizona plays one more time before the All-Star Break, as they take on the Winnipeg Jets tomorrow evening at the MTS Centre in Manitoba. Puck drop is at 6 PM Arizona time.