Mikkel Boedker's OT goal pushes Coyotes past Ducks, 4-3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) After Ryan Getzlaf inexplicably left the puck sitting at the Arizona blue line in overtime, Mikkel Boedker gratefully accepted the gift and exchanged it for a big road win for his Coyotes.
Boedker scored on a breakaway 1:18 into OT after an atrocious turnover by the Ducks' captain, and the Coyotes snapped Anaheim's four-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Monday night.
Getzlaf attempted a drop pass to Corey Perry during the 3-on-3 extra period. Instead, he ended up setting the puck on a virtual tee for Boedker, who completed Arizona's rebound from an early two-goal deficit and Sami Vatanen's late tying goal for Anaheim.
''Obviously, getting down 2-0 is not ideal, but we felt good the whole game,'' Boedker said. ''It was a turnover, obviously, so you just want to make sure you just get away from him. I made a nice move on Freddie (Andersen) there and was lucky enough to put it home.''
Rookie forward Max Domi scored twice during a three-goal second period for the Coyotes, who won for just the fourth time in 11 games. Anders Lindback made 33 saves and Anthony Duclair also scored in the dominant middle period for Arizona, which has won twice in Anaheim already this season.
Vatanen scored with 8:17 remaining in regulation, while Chris Stewart and Ryan Kesler scored in the opening minutes for the Ducks, who hadn't lost in November after a 1-7-2 October. Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots, but his teammates struggled during their third game in four nights.
''For whatever reason, we seemed a little out of sync tonight as a line, as a unit,'' Getzlaf said. ''I thought (Perry) was coming inside. He went outside. That was the case all night. ... I don't know what happened tonight. As a line, we didn't carry our weight.''
Indeed, the turnover capped a dismal night for the Ducks' top line of Getzlaf, Perry and Patrick Maroon, which went minus-4 with a combined one shot on goal.
''They weren't very good,'' Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. ''You can call it whatever you want. ... You don't drop-pass to nobody. You don't do it.''
Anaheim scored its first two goals 66 seconds apart on its first three shots of the night, including Kesler's first regular-season goal in 17 games since March.
Duclair ended his seven-game scoring drought with his fourth goal in two games against the Ducks. Domi then got his sixth and seventh goals 3:55 apart, putting the Coyotes ahead on a sharp-angle shot with 7.4 seconds left in the second period.
''They like this building,'' Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said of Duclair and Domi, who has four points in two games against Anaheim.
''That's a great hockey team over there,'' Domi said. ''We know how good they are and what they're capable of doing, so for us to come in here and steal a win is just great.''
Vatanen lifted home a pass from Andrew Cogliano to tie it. Anaheim had a two-man advantage for 53 seconds late in the third period, but Lindback came up big during the Coyotes' long penalty-kill.
''In the third period, we turned the puck over and it ended up back in our net, but we kept hanging around,'' Tippett said. ''That's what we wanted to do tonight - come in and play a real good, strong road game. And we got a break at the end that we capitalized on.''
NOTES: Dustin Jeffrey made his Coyotes debut after the veteran center's recall from the AHL. ... Ducks C Rickard Rakell missed his third straight game with an upper-body injury, and forward Jiri Sekac missed his fourth consecutive game with an injured ankle. ... D Nicklas Grossman missed his first game of the season for the Coyotes with a lower-body injury. D Stefan Elliott returned from a three-game absence with an upper-body injury, but C Antoine Vermette sat out for the sixth time in seven games with a lower-body injury.