Boyd Gordon isn’t exactly what you’d call a sniper, but the 32-year-old center showed that brilliant tallies can come from the least expected sources.
Late in the second period of Friday’s game against Calgary, Gordon and Jordan Martinook broke up ice on a shorthanded 2-on-1 early in a Flames power play. Gordon quickly moved the puck over to Martinook as the pair rushed up ice and went straight to the net. As Martinook cut into the Calgary zone, Gordon hustled right at Flames netminder Joni Ortio and was thrown a nice saucer pass from Martinook.
The only problem with Martinook’s pass, though, is that it remained airborne a second too long. Gordon made it work, however, with some skillful hand-eye coordination:
Gordon’s goal would start a Coyotes rally that carried through the second period and throughout the rest of the game. By the time the game was over, Arizona had made Calgary’s 1-0 lead a distant memory with four unanswered goals and a 4-1 victory over the Flames.
One would expect Gordon to have at least a handful of goals this season, but his tally Friday night was only No. 2 on the season. Considering his recent goal-scoring ways, though, the Coyotes might be putting more puck over to Gordon. In his past four games — which have come after he missed 13 games with a lower-body injury — Gordon has both of his goals and has put six shots on goal.