The Coyotes scored four goals on Monday night, but it was their defense late in the third period that was the key factor in a 4-3 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.
With Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Brad Richardson both in the penalty box, Arizona killed a 5-on-3 Anaheim power play that lasted for 53 seconds, and then killed the remaining one-man disadvantage to keep the score tied 3-3.
Goalie Anders Lindback made five saves during the kill but he wasn’t the only hero. Klas Dahlbeck blocked a shot, Michael Stone and Martin Hanzal provided clutch takeaways, and Boyd Gordon won a key face-off.
“That penalty kill was outstanding,” forward Max Domi said. “Those guys were all sacrificing their body. It was a great kill. Once we got that we were pretty confident… When you work hard, and you deserve to win, you end up winning usually. It was a great team effort.”
Lindback made 33 saves to earn his second win in two starts and to become the first Coyotes goalie to win his first two starts since Al Montoya did it in April of 2009.
Although he made some beauties near the end of the third period, Lindback’s most meaningful save came when he stoned Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson at 12:25 of the second period on a short-handed rush to keep the Coyotes within 2-1.
“I thought Anders was real solid in there,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “He made a lot of saves look easy.”
• Domi notched two goals in Monday’s win for the first multi-goal game of his young NHL career. With seven, Domi is tied with New York Rangers forward Oscar Lindberg for goals scored by an NHL rookie.
• Center Dustin Jeffrey played 14:12 in his debut with the Coyotes and notched an assist on Domi’s first goal in the second period.
“I thought he played very well for us,” Tippett said of Jeffrey. “He’s smart and he does a lot of little things right.”
• Center Martin Hanzal played 22:11, took four shots on goal, delivered four hits, won 13 of 19 face-offs and notched his 13th assist of the season.
• Defenseman Nicklas Grossmann missed his first game of the season because of a lower-body injury he suffered in Saturday’s game vs. the New York Rangers. The Coyotes placed Grossmann on the injured reserve list on Sunday so he will miss at least three more games and probably more. Meanwhile, center Antoine Vermette missed his third consecutive game because of a nagging lower-body injury.
• Mike Smith is expected to start in goal on Tuesday when the Coyotes play the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.