GLENDALE – Brad Richardson scored a goal with a snap shot - top-shelf - at 3:07 of overtime to give Team Red a 3-2 win over Team White in the Coyotes third annual Intra-Squad Game on Thursday night.
The NHL's new three-on-three overtime format is receiving rave reviews this preseason and Richardson, among other Coyotes, likes it.
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"When it originally came up I was a little skeptical, but just watching a few of the games it's really exciting," Richardson said. "You see it's back and forth... I think the fans are going to enjoy it."
Regarding his goal, which he scored on Louis Domingue to cap a two-on-one rush, Richardson smiled and said: "I was kind of late on the backcheck and the play was kind of a scrambly play, a bad pass maybe, and then as soon as that happens you're going the other way as fast as you can on a two-on-one. I selfishly kept the puck and scored."
Anthony Duclair, playing a game on Gila River Arena ice for the first time, gave Team White a 1-0 lead at 0:36 of the first period with a wrist shot from the slot past Mike Smith.
Mikkel Boedker, who is back in action this preseason after missing half of last season because of a ruptured spleen, evened the score 33 seconds later when he beat Marek Langhamer with a quick shot off a face-off.
Max Domi then scored past Smith to put Team White back on top, 2-1, at 3:04 of the first period.
Duclair and Domi showed great chemistry on a two-on-one rush that led to Domi's goal.
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"Off the ice we're best buddies so we're pretty in tune with each other and we know each other really well," Domi said. "I think that transitions onto the ice pretty good. He's got a lot of speed and a great shot so he's pretty easy to play with."
Duclair said he's trying to make an impression at training camp with his defense as well as his offense.
"Every time I get out there I want to create something offensively," Duclair said. "I think I'm doing a pretty good job of doing that so far but moving forward I just want to add more to that and make sure my game is all-around and it's 100 percent."
Martin Hanzal tied the score 2-2 when he redirected a shot from the point by Connor Murphy past Niklas Treutle during a power play late in the second period.
Tied 2-2, Domingue stopped Team Red's Tobias Rieder on a penalty-shot attempt at 11:20 of the third period.
After the overtime, fans were treated to a three-round shootout. Antoine Vermette scored the lone goal, and the 2,000 fans who attended rewarded him with the loudest ovation of the night.