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Boedker's hat trick leads Coyotes past Senators

by Jerry Brown /

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Mikkel Boedker scored three goals, Anders Lindback made 35 saves and the Arizona Coyotes completed a season sweep of the Ottawa Senators with a 4-3 win at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

Boedker has six goals of his nine goals in two games against the Senators this season (he had a hat trick at Ottawa on Oct. 14) and eight goals and 12 points in seven career games against the Senators.

"It doesn't happen very often, obviously," Boedker said. "It was one of those games where I had the puck a lot, had a lot of shots (eight) and was able to find holes again. If I could explain it, I would. It feels good definitely, but I shouldn't get too used to that, I don't think."

Boedker is the first player in Coyotes history to get two hat tricks against the same team in one season. It's the first time it's happened in the NHL since 2011-12, when Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins (against the Tampa Bay Lightning) and Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks (against the Columbus Blue Jackets) each accomplished the feat.

But Lindback was just as important for Arizona, making 17 saves in the first period and 11 more in the third when the Senators made their push against the Coyotes, who won for the third time in four days.

"[Lindback] stood on his head in the first period and we had to come in the room, reset and realize if we didn't play better we were going to get rolled over," Boedker said. "He had a big game for us and we were able to get away with a win."

Dustin Jeffrey had a goal and Michael Stone had two assists for Arizona (13-9-1), which has won four home games in a row.

The Coyotes won their 13th game of the season two days after Christmas in 2014-15 (Dec. 27). This season, win No. 13 came two days after Thanksgiving.

"In all three games here, solid goaltending was a key factor and we hung around all three games and bent but didn't break," said Arizona coach Dave Tippett, who tied Pat Burns for 20th place on the NHL all-time coaching wins list with 501. "Three games in four nights is a tough challenge physically and mentally. It doesn't happen often. I give our guys credit for finding ways to win."

Mike Hoffman had two goals for the Senators (12-6-5), who outshot the Coyotes 18-4 in the first period but saw their four-game losing streak end.

"We came out strong and but only came out of the first period tied," Hoffman said. "I think we gave them some time to kind of get in the game. They scored on the chances that they got. We didn't capitalize on ours, I guess."

Ottawa has lost six games in regulation this season, two of them against the Coyotes. Mark Stone scored and Craig Anderson made 15 saves.

"I thought we made it easy for them to score tonight, not taking from Arizona," Ottawa coach Dave Cameron said. "I'm not saying that they weren't deserving, but it was too easy."

Boedker scored his first goal 38 seconds into the game when Michael Stone's shot from the point deflected off Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson and dropped into the high slot. Boedker raced in and beat Anderson over the glove with a wrist shot for seventh goal of the season.

The Senators controlled the rest of the period and tied the game at 7:28. Kyle Turris won a battle along the boards and slid it around to Bobby Ryan behind the net. Ryan's nifty backhand pass found Hoffman charging up the slot, where he beat Lindback stick side for his ninth goal.

Boedker scored again 41 seconds into the second period. Antoine Vermette found Boedker at the near post with a pass from the corner. Anderson denied the first two shots in tight, but Boedker scored on the third attempt.

Jeffrey was penalized for tripping a little more than a minute later and was exiting the box when Tobias Rieder intercepted a Karlsson pass inside the Arizona blue line. Rieder hit Jeffrey in stride with a breakaway pass and he pushed a forehand past Anderson at 4:00 to give the Coyotes a 3-1 lead.

The Coyotes held the Senators without a shot for the first eight minutes of the second.

Ottawa needed 27 seconds after Connor Murphy's tripping penalty before Karlsson set up Hoffman for a shot from the left circle that Lindback couldn't see through an Alex Chaisson screen to cut the Coyotes lead to 3-2 at 17:57.

The Coyotes asked for a review of the play, citing goalie interference by Chaisson, but the goal was upheld.

Boedker completed his hat trick and restored the two-goal lead following the rebound of Max Domi's shot at 13:29 of the third period.

"We're playing our third game in four nights and there are lots of reasons for [Ottawa] to say, 'giddy up and go,'" Tippett said. "That's why that fourth goal by Boedker was so important. It was a heck of a play by Max jumped through like a shot for a great chance and [Boedker] is there for the finish. A play like that pushes the game along for us."”

The Coyotes needed the goal when Mark Stone got the Senators back within one with a shot over Lindback's shoulder at 14:45.

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