Holy puck, what a thriller.
The Arizona Coyotes scraped out a win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night in overtime, 3-2.
It’s a feather in the cap of the Coyotes, who struggled in their season opener in a loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
The Desert Dogs went down early as the Kings scored twice in the first period alone off two Arizona turnovers. Yet the Coyotes didn’t quit, tying the game in the second period and stopping an LA power play in the final period to head to OT.
It was with 14 seconds left in overtime that a wrister from Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson slipped through LA’s defenses during a Coyotes power play for the victory.
Here’s a look at the game by the numbers:
Coyotes fans might have groaned a little after the first goal of Los Angeles’ season came at only 1:52 into the first period via Tanner Pearson.
Arizona trailed by two goals early in the game from two defensive turnovers. Luckily, they put up two of their own before the third period began thanks to Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker.
The Coyotes put up 40 shots in tonight’s game as opposed to LA’s 27. 18 of those shots came in the first period alone, and only six came in the third period.
Arizona goaltender Devan Dubnyk put up a solid fight in Saturday night’s victory, saving 25 of 27 attempts. He also refused to let the Kings score on a power play with the game tied in the third period as the final seconds ticked away.
The Coyotes are now 97-55-30 after a loss as of Saturday night’s victory.
Arizona is changing owners for the second time in 14 months thanks to an agreement that sold 51 percent of the stake to Andrew Barroway, who watched his new team win for the first time as its owner on Saturday night.
The Yotes now have one huge feather in their face masks after Saturday night, as they beat last year’s defending NHL champions and improve to 1-1 thus far in 2014.