On this day in 2012, Mikkel Boedker scored his second consecutive overtime goal to give the Coyotes a 3-1 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Boedker's heroics, in arguably one of the most difficult buildings to play in during the postseason, Chicago's United Center, gave the Coyotes a relative stranglehold on what was a tightly contested series.
His feat made him the first player to score consecutive playoff overtime winners since Colorado's Joe Sakic did it against the San Jose Sharks in 2004. The previous game, on April 17, Boedker became the first Danish-born NHL player to score a playoff overtime goal.
On the 19th, Boedker picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, fending off Chicago's Nick Leddy, and beat Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford in-close. The loose puck came courtesy of strong defensive zone coverage by Keith Yandle and a clear from Boyd Gordon. It was just two minutes into overtime.
"Actually, I don't know how it slid in, but I'm happy it did," Boedker said. "It was a bobbled puck and I felt like I got to it first and I kind of hit it and it bounced over the D-man's stick and I was partially alone there for a little bit, at least."
"It went in and it's an amazing feeling."
It was the second straight game that sound defensive coverage, a trait of the 2011-12 club, led to a Boedker overtime winner. Rostislav Klesla stripped Patrick Kane in the slot two nights prior, on April 17, 2012, to initiate the play that would result in Game 3's clinching tally.
The first four games in the series were decided in overtime (and the ensuing fifth game would be as well), making it the first series since the 1951 Stanley Cup Final between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens to have the first four games thusly decided.
"We're used to it now," Boedker said after the game. "We've done it for four games. Obviously, we would like for it not to go into overtime, that's probably what everybody would prefer, but overtime happens. We're just happy we've won three of them."
The three Coyotes overtime wins in a single series was a franchise record. The team set another franchise record that night by playing in its fourth overtime game in a series.
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