Coyotes overcome by Wild in disappointing loss
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.
Ilya Bryzgalov had 21 saves for Minnesota. Thomas Greiss had 27 for Phoenix in place of injured starter Mike Smith.
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.