The Associated Press
ANAHEIM, Calif.—After Ryan Getzlaf inexplicably left the puck sitting at the Arizona blueline in overtime, Mikkel Boedker gratefully accepted the gift and exchanged it for a big road win for his Coyotes.
Boedker scored on a breakaway 1:18 into OT after an atrocious turnover by the Ducks’ captain as the Coyotes snapped Anaheim’s four-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory last night.
Getzlaf tried a drop pass to Corey Perry during the 3-on-3 extra period.
Instead, he ended up setting the puck on a virtual tee for Boedker, who completed Arizona’s rebound from an early two-goal deficit and Sami Vatanen’s late tying goal for Anaheim.
“Obviously, getting down 2-0 is not ideal but we felt good the whole game,” Boedker noted.
“It was a turnover, obviously, so you just want to make sure you just get away from him.
“I made a nice move on Freddie [Andersen] there and was lucky enough to put it home,” he added.
Rookie forward Max Domi scored twice during a three-goal second period for the Coyotes, who won for just the fourth time in 11 games.
Anders Lindback made 33 saves while Anthony Duclair also scored in the dominant middle period for Arizona, which has won twice in Anaheim already this season.
Vatanen scored with 8:17 left in regulation while Chris Stewart and Ryan Kesler scored in the opening minutes for the Ducks, who hadn’t lost in November after a 1-7-2 October.
Andersen stopped 24 shots but his teammates struggled during their third game in four nights.
“For whatever reason, we seemed a little out of sync tonight as a line, as a unit,” Getzlaf noted.
“I thought [Perry] was coming inside. He went outside,” Getzlaf added. “That was the case all night. . . .
“I don’t know what happened tonight. As a line, we didn’t carry our weight.”
Indeed, the turnover capped a dismal night for the Ducks’ top line of Getzlaf, Perry, and Patrick Maroon, which went minus-four with a combined one shot on goal.
“They weren’t very good,” agreed Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau. “You can call it whatever you want. . . .
“You don’t drop-pass to nobody. You don’t do it.”
Anaheim scored its first two goals just 66 seconds apart on its first three shots of the night, including Kesler’s first regular-season goal in 17 games since March.
Duclair ended his seven-game scoring drought with his fourth goal in two games against the Ducks.
Domi then got his sixth and seventh goals 3:55 apart—putting the Coyotes ahead on a sharp-angle shot with 7.4 seconds left in the second.
“They like this building,” Coyotes’ coach Dave Tippett said of Duclair and Domi, who has four points in two games against Anaheim.
“That’s a great hockey team over there,” Domi noted.
“We know how good they are and what they’re capable of doing, so for us to come in here and steal a win is just great.”
“In the third period, we turned the puck over and it ended up back in our net, but we kept hanging around,” Tippett said.
“That’s what we wanted to do tonight—come in and play a real good, strong road game.
“And we got a break at the end that we capitalized on,” he noted.