Forward Mikkel Boedker scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday night at New Jersey and the last-minute marker helped Arizona earn a point in the first game of a five-game road trip.
With the Coyotes trailing, 2-1, Boedker notched the goal with 50.9 seconds left in the third period with goalie Mike Smith on the bench for an extra attacker. Showing nice patience, Boedker slapped a shot from the left circle, through traffic, off Devils defenseman David Schlemko and past goalie Cory Schneider.
The Devils won, 3-2, in overtime, but the goal by Boedker is significant because it’s his first since Jan. 15 of last season vs. Calgary. Boedker, of course, suffered a season-ending spleen injury three nights after that goal.
“It’s nice to get the first one out of the way. It’s been a long wait,” Boedker told reporters. “It always bugs you when you don’t produce and when you don’t help your team out. Obviously it’s nice to contribute a little bit. It’s too bad we didn’t get the two points.”
Boedker scored 14 goals in 45 games last season.
“He needed to get a goal and hopefully that will get him going now,” Head Coach Dave Tippett told reporters. “… It’s good to see him get on board.”
► Captain Shane Doan played 17:47 in the 1,400th game of his NHL career. Only 34 NHL players, including Doan, have played 1,400 games or more. Doan needs to play seven more games to tie Dale Hunter for 33rd place on the League’s all-time games played list.
► Forward Anthony Duclair scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season off a nice pass from fellow rookie Max Domi.
Duclair leads all NHL rookies with five goals in six games and is one behind Jamie Benn of Dallas for the overall NHL lead.
The assist was the fourth of the season for Domi and it came in his first game at the Prudential Center – the arena in which he was drafted 12th overall by the Coyotes in 2013.
► The Coyotes played their first overtime game of the season but it lasted just 43 seconds.
► Forward Jordan Martinook returned to the lineup after missing Saturday’s game vs. Boston because of injury. Martinook played 12:21, took one shot on goal and delivered two hits.
► Center Antoine Vermette won 13 of 22 face-offs, including several late in the third period when the Coyotes were pressing to tie the score, which they did.
► New Jersey’s Travis Zajac scored the first goal of the game while the Devils were killing a penalty. It was the NHL-leading fourth short-handed goal allowed by the Coyotes in six games.
“That’s not what you want to see when you’re giving up ones like that,” Tippett said. “That’s just too many this year. We have to find a way to remedy that, that’s for sure.”