The Wild, for almost two full periods, were the better team last night. That's not to say they were offensive monsters, but they limited chances to the Coyotes who were about as uninterested in offense as the Twins have been for the past few years (ZING).
Indeed, between the end of the first period and most of the way through the second, the Coyotes were held shot-less. The Wild were beginning to swarm, and began generating a number of good chances. After Spurgeon's beautiful redirection of a Zach Parise saucer pass, the Wild were hungry to put the game away.
After Jason Zucker and Thomas Vanek drove into the zone, Zucker flipped the puck to Vanek behind the net, who immediately returned the pass. Zucker's shot hit the post. Shortly thereafter, a Jason Pominville backhand shot that looked destined for twine hit the crossbar. A Zach Parise snapshot hit the post and rebounded back. A second goal for the Wild seemed inevitable, and then a quick outlet pass from the Coyotes led to this happening:
Boedker is fast pic.twitter.com/EAOzSSdtfG— Stephanie (@myregularface) December 12, 2015
It couldn't have been written better in a movie; the Wild hit three posts and Arizona ties the game on their second shot in 22 minutes of play. Mikkel Boedker flew down the ice on a breakaway and ties the game for the home team, cue cheers, cue credits.
Objectively, an away point is always good. In a vacuum, if you can win most of your home games and get an away point in most of your away games, you're going to do well. In context, this is not the first time this season we've seen the Wild put away a game and give away points that they had in their grasp.
That script could have been very different if even one of the three post-shots went in. But they didn't, and the Wild's failure to score led to a Boedker breakaway, tying the game before he won it in overtime for the home team.