Coyotes overcome by Wild in disappointing loss
MAR 29, 2014 11:35p ET
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Zach Parise scored two of Minnesota's three third-period goals and the Wild rallied to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1 on Saturday night in a game with important playoff implications.
Phoenix nursed a 1-0 lead through two periods on Mikkel Boedker's early power-play goal, but the Coyotes went 24 minutes, 28 seconds without a shot late in the game.
Parise tied it from the top of the circle off a face-off 8:03 into the final period, and the Wild took the lead on Jared Spurgeon's slap shot from the top of the right circle with 7:03 to play. Parise added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
The Wild pulled three points ahead of the Coyotes for the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference. Phoenix is now just a point ahead of Dallas for the No. 8 spot.
The Wild won for only the second time in six games and third time in nine games. The Coyotes, just back from a three-game trip east, lost for just the third time in eight games.
Just 2:28 into the game, the Wild were penalized for too many men on the ice. Forty-eight seconds later, Shane Doan's close-range shot deflected off Boedker's midsection and into the net, with the power-play goal giving Phoenix a quick 1-0 lead.
It was Boedker's team-high eighth first-period goal of the season and his 19th overall.
Each team also killed a penalty in the second period.
The Coyotes didn't get a shot from the time Doan was stopped with 7:49 to play in the second period until Radim Vrbada put one on Bryzgalov with 1:56 left in the game.
NOTES: The Wild won the season series 2-1 and have the tiebreaker. ... The Coyotes are 13-5-0 when Boedker scores a goal.