GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett won his 502nd career NHL game with his team’s 2-1 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. That places him 20th on the list of winningest coaches in NHL history, passing Pat Burns’ 501.
The Coyotes returned to Gila River Arena on Friday following a five-game winless road trip that sullied the team’s winning record this season. But thanks to Mikkel Boedker’s pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime, and Anders Lindback’s 27 saves, the Coyotes were able to win their fifth consecutive home game and push Tippett up the all-time list.
Eight of the 19 coaches in front of Tippett are active, including the next closest person, Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice (535). Tippett is unlikely to move past the 20th spot this season.
“I still enjoy it,” Tippett said about coaching after his 500th win on Nov. 27. “When you win, you’re still happy when you win. When you lose, you’re not happy. It’s a good sign it’s still that way after this long.”
231 of those 502 wins have come with the Coyotes, as he helped lead the team out of the doldrums of the mid-2000s and back into postseason contention. Tippett led the Coyotes to their only Pacific Division title and Western Conference Final appearance in 2011-12.