GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dave Tippett was searching for positives after watching his Phoenix Coyotes nearly squander a four-goal lead in the final 10 minutes against Minnesota on Saturday.
"Let's take all the negatives and put them over there," Tippett said after Phoenix's 6-4 victory over the Wild. "I've been trying to do that since the game ended. Let's talk about the bright and sunny stuff."
"Phenomenal," Tippett said about Jovanovski. "He just eats up so many minutes. The best thing I can say about him is your team loves him on the ice and the other team hates him on the ice."
"I'm sure neither coach is overly impressed with the defense in the game but it's nice to win," Doan said. "We're making it a little more difficult than we have to on ourselves."
"I don't have a reason why," Minnesota assistant captain Greg Zanon said. "We definitely can play when we want to. We've got to want to. We knew what to expect."
Prucha and Fiddler scored 78 seconds apart to give the Coyotes a 5-1 lead with 10:10 to go.
Then the Wild stormed back, much as they did a week ago in erasing a four-goal third-period deficit against Chicago.
"We made it interesting, that's for sure," Jovanovski said.
Latendresse scored his second goal with 9:24 to go on a redirection in front for the Wild's first power-play goal in their last five games against Phoenix.
"We're trying to entertain the fans and keep them in the building," Tippett said. "That's why we're taking all the penalties. It's good for the fans but bad for the coach."
Latendresse completed his hat trick on a wrist shot from the inside of the left circle to cut Phoenix's lead to 5-4 with 5:17 remaining.
"What happened against Chicago isn't going to happen every night," Latendresse said. "If we want to be on the playoffs we need these two points."
Vrbata scored with a minute remaining to cap the seven-goal period.
"We got what we deserved," said Wild coach Todd Richards. "A handful of guys were working and a handful of guys were trying to make a difference. You're not going to win games by missing seven, eight, nine guys."
Doan made it 2-0 at 10:05 of the period, one-timing a pass from Daniel Winnik past Backstrom from the inside of the right faceoff circle.
Latendresse scored his first on a one-timer off a pass from Kyle Broziak to pull the Wild within 2-1 at 17:35 of the second period.
Aucoin extended Phoenix's lead to 3-1 at 1:59 of the third when his hard shot from the point eluded Backstrom with help from a screen by Upshall.
|Guillaume Latendresse completes his first three-goal game with this shot from the left side. (AP)|
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|07:45||Petr Prucha (10), Snap Shot. Assist: Hanzal, Jovanovski|
|10:05||Shane Doan (12), Snap Shot. Assist: Winnik, Fiddler|
|17:35||Guillaume Latendresse (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Brodziak, Havlat|
|01:59||Power Play - Adrian Aucoin (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jovanovski, Doan|
|08:32||Petr Prucha (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jovanovski, Hanzal|
|09:50||Short - Vernon Fiddler (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jovanovski|
|10:36||Power Play - Guillaume Latendresse (14), Tip-In. Assist: Nolan, Havlat|
|11:27||Power Play - Owen Nolan (12), Tip-In. Assist: Belanger, Zidlicky|
|14:43||Guillaume Latendresse (15), Snap Shot. Assist: Havlat, Brodziak|
|19:00||Radim Vrbata (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lepisto|
|17:02||Miettinen, 2 min, Tripping|
|18:18||Prucha, 2 min, Goaltender Interference|
|18:18||Brodziak, 2 min, Slashing|
|03:23||Zidlicky, 2 min, Interference|
|09:53||Boogaard, 2 min, Tripping|
|01:17||Zanon, 2 min, Hooking|
|05:48||Koivu, 2 min, Tripping|
|05:53||Upshall, 2 min, High-Sticking|
|09:23||Yandle, 2 min, Cross-Checking|
|11:19||Upshall, 2 min, High-Sticking|
|Shots On Goal|
|Attendance - 12631|
|Referees - Paul Devorski, Don Van Massenhoven|
|Linesmen - Mark Wheler, Don Henderson|