The Minnesota Wild fell 2-1 in overtime to the Arizona Coyotes Friday at Gila River Arena. The loss dropped them to 1-6 in the extra session. They have been trying to figure out for some time and recently used practice time to work on it.
They didn’t get a chance to see if the practices worked due to a high sticking penalty on Zach Parise 16 seconds into it and Coyotes goal 18 seconds later.
The Wild had the first opportunity right off the opening faceoff in overtime, but failed to create a scoring chance. Mikael Granlund stole the puck just inside the Coyotes blue line and a short 2-on-1 with Parise. Granlund never threatened to shoot the puck and passed out of Parise’s reach. As Parise was chasing the puck in the corner, Coyotes forward Brad Richardson stepped into the Wild forward before they got to the puck. Parise was knocked off balance and caught Richardson’s face with his stick while trying to gather himself. Parise said after the game he hit him in the face and deserved the penalty.
The Coyotes (14-14-1) took advantage of the extra man opportunity. Mark Stone and Oliver Ekman-Larsson crossed at the blue line to create a shooting lane. Stone’s shot hit Antoine Vermette right in front of Darcy Kuemper and bound right to Mikkel Boedker on the backdoor. Boedker had a wide open net and no defender in the area.
Boedker was the lone offense for the Coyotes. The Danish forward sent the game to overtime with a breakaway tally at the 17:50 mark of the second. After Parise couldn’t handle a pass from Ryan Suter just inside the blue line. Tobias Rieder corralled the puck and sent a long pass to Boedker into the Wild zone. Kuemper could have tried to play the puck, but decided to wait back on it and got caught way too deep into his net.
Jared Spurgeon got the Wild on the board first six minutes and 33 seconds into the second period by knocking a pass from Parise out of the air and into the net off a rush. He joined the rush after Jason Pominville sprung Parise with a cross-ice pass to get out of the defensive zone. Parise tipped the puck past Nicklas Grossmann and raced in on a 2-on-1 rush with Spurgeon. Parise lofted an aerial pass to the top of the crease where Spurgeon knocked it into the net at at the top of his skates.
The Wild (14-7-6) dominated the possession statistics in the first two periods, but they created very little in the offensive zone. They did not make it difficult for Coyotes goaltender Anders Lindback. Their best flurry came just before Boedker got the Coyotes on the board. However, all three shots hit or glanced off the post. Jason Zucker had the first chance, but hit the post on a sharp-angle, open-net. Pominville had the next chance, but his backhand shot went off Lindback before hitting the cross back. The flurry ended with a shot from the high slot that was deflected off the cross bar and into the netting behind the net. It was all downhill from there for the Wild.
No. 3 – Mark Stone. The Coyotes defenseman recorded an assist.
No. 2 – Zach Parise. The Wild forward recorded an assist.
No. 1 – Mikkel Boedker. The Coyotes forward scored two goals
Minnesota……0 1 0 0 – 1
Arizona…….…0 1 0 1 – 2
First Period – None. Penalties – Coyle, MIN (high sticking), 1:56; Stone, ARI (tripping), 4:07; Stone, ARI (delay of game-puck over glass), 16:51; Tikhonov, ARI (high sticking), 20:00.
Second Period – 1, Minnesota, Spurgeon 4 (Parise, Pominville), 6:33. 2, Arizona, Boedker 10 (Rieder), 17:50. Penalties – Scandella, MIN (interference), 2:10; Prosser, MIN (interference), 10:25.
Third Period – None. Penalties – Grossmann, ARI (holding), 8:20; Niederreiter, MIN (high sticking), 11:24; Porter, MIN (cross checking), 13:53.
Overtime – 3, Arizona, Boedker 11 (Vermette, Stone), :34. Penalties – Parise, MIN (high sticking), :16.
Shots on goal – Minnesota 10-10-8-0 28 . Arizona 5-6-8-1 20 .
Goalies – Minnesota, Kuemper (18-20). Arizona, Lindback (27-28). Referees – Jean Hebert, Tom Kowal. Linesmen – Ryan Galloway, Mark Wheler.