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‘Yotes Notes: Lindback Shines in Return to Net

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

Goalie Anders Lindback returned to action on Sunday night and led the Coyotes a 2-1 overtime victory over the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Lindback, who hadn’t played since Dec. 17 when he was pulled after allowing four goals on 10 shots vs. Columbus, stopped 38 of 39 shots as Arizona snapped a six-game road losing streak. He also assisted on Mikkel Boedker's game-winning goal in OT.

Sunday’s game was played 24 hours after the Coyotes lost to Los Angeles, 4-3 in overtime, in Glendale.

“I got into the game pretty early,” Lindback said. “They shot a lot of shots from the beginning, but I thought the guys did a great job. I saw the puck all game, the shots from the blue line, too. They did a great job clearing out rebounds. I think we (played) a great game.”

Lindback was at his best in the third period when he stopped all 13 shots he faced. He added three more saves during a wild three-on-three overtime that lasted 4:17.

“We knew we had to get a real good performance for our goaltender tonight because of the situation and he gave us that,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said of Lindback, who watched Louis Domingue make three starts in a row before Sunday. “Louis was real good in the three games at home. It gives us choices and that’s a good thing right now.”

Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck helped Lindback out by making two “saves” late in the third period to keep the score tied 1-1.

Debuting a new mask that he and Coyotes fans have been waiting to see for weeks, Lindback evened his season record at 5-5-1. Lindback had been wearing a generic white mask for most of the season after the personalized mask he wore in training camp broke. He then switched brands and needed to wait for the busy artist to complete his new mask.

• Forward Mikkel Boedker, who scored the game-winning goal with 43 seconds left in overtime, has either scored or assisted on each of Arizona’s past five goals. With two points on Sunday, Boedker matched his season total of 28 points from last season, which he produced in 45 games. Sunday’s game was his 35th of this season.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Boedker already has tied a Coyotes/Jets record for overtime goals in one season (3) set by Oliver Ekman-Larsson (2014-15), Shane Doan (2009-10) and Paul MacLean (1983-84).

• Defenseman Michael Stone scored his third goal of the season and his first since Nov. 25.

“That’s the best feeling,” Stone said of Boedker’s pass that set up his goal, a slap shot from the top of the right circle that zipped past Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov. “Any time I can walk in as close as I did with that shot, I love that. We had one a couple games ago like that and I didn’t do anything with it so I was happy to do something with it this time.”

Arizona defensemen have scored 23 of the team’s 95 goals this season.

• Forward Steve Downie suffered an upper-body injury and didn't return after a fight with Andreas Martinsen at 12:23 of the second period.

• The Coyotes played without centers Martin Hanzal (lower-body injury) and Boyd Gordon (upper-body injury), and defenseman Zbynek Michalek (lower-body injury).

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