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Boedker powers Coyotes past Wild in overtime

by Jerry Brown

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It had been 13 days between home games for the Arizona Coyotes, but Mikkel Boedker had no problems picking up where he left off in the desert.

Boedker scored two goals, including the game-winner on the power play 34 seconds into overtime, in the Coyotes' 2-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild at Gila River Arena on Friday.

Boedker had a hat trick in Arizona's previous home game, a 4-3 win against the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 28. Since then, he hadn't scored a goal and the Coyotes went 0-5-0 on their road trip.

Boedker tied the game 1-1 on a breakaway late in the second period, and then won it by pouncing on the rebound of a deflected Michael Stone shot and steering it home on the backhand.

"I got two opportunities to score and that last one just landed right on my stick," said Boedker, whose 11 goals lead the Coyotes. "I don't have the greatest backhand in the world, but it was all I had there. We needed this win. We had to get back on the winning side after that trip and get some confidence."

Anders Lindback made 27 saves for the Coyotes (14-14-1), who killed four Wild power plays and finally converted on their fifth man-advantage opportunity.

Lindback, playing for Mike Smith, who has a lower-body injury, atoned for his previous start, when he allowed five goals in a 5-4 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

The Coyotes host the Hurricanes on Saturday.

"My last game was a real disappointment, so it was a nice to get back in this quick," Lindback said. "I thought we battled all the way and did a great job. I'd love the chance to go back out again and prove myself against Carolina."

Wild forward Zach Parise was called for high sticking against Brad Richardson 16 seconds into overtime, and the Coyotes turned the opportunity into their third overtime win in four chances.

"Tough play. I'm going for the puck and I got him in the face," said Parise, who extended his scoring streak against the Coyotes to 13 games, the longest active streak for a player against one team, with an assist on Jared Spurgeon's second-period goal. "You've got to call it. If that would have happened to me, I would have expected a call too."

The Wild (14-7-6) are 1-6 in overtime games after losing five straight, including the first two of their three-game road trip (also 2-1 at the Colorado Avalanche on Monday) that ends against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

"[Losing in overtime] is going to happen, but the game was there for us early," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. "We got away from things we were doing in the second period and we took too many penalties in the third. We turned the puck over and got away from the mentality of playing behind their defense."

Arizona coach Dave Tippett was happy to get the win, but playing without forwards Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan, the offense continues to struggle, scoring two goals or fewer in five of the past six games.

"We worked at times, but our execution is so poor, we can't sustain anything," Tippett said. "But we hung around the game, Lindback made some big saves, we got fortunate on some crossbars and posts, and capitalized on a penalty at the end."

Lindback made 10 saves in the first period, half of them on prime scoring chances, to help keep the game scoreless. He stopped Jason Pominville twice, one with an outstretched pad and the other with a blocker save on a hard one-timer from the right faceoff circle.

Lindback also denied two power-play stuff attempts by Parise, who had four shots in the period.

The Coyotes went more than 10 minutes without a shot to open the second period, but the Wild kept up the pressure and finally cashed in.

Parise banked the puck past Arizona defenseman Nicklas Grossmann along the boards and regained possession on the rush. He lifted a centering pass over Stone, and Spurgeon swatted the puck out of the air and past Lindback at 6:33. It was Spurgeon's fourth goal, his first in 10 games.

The Wild nearly doubled their lead on two occasions; forward Jason Zucker hit the post, and Pominville hit the crossbar.

The Coyotes got even on their seventh shot in the first 37 minutes.

Tobias Rieder gained control of the puck after a faceoff in the Arizona zone and pushed it to the other end. Boedker caught up to the puck near the right hash marks in the Minnesota zone and beat Kuemper on the forehand at 17:50.

"Well, I didn't score in the first nine home games this year, so I'll take a few now," Boedker said.

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