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Minnesota at Phoenix

Wild rally past Coyotes with three goals in third

CBSSports.com wire reports
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Minnesota Wild were reeling. The Phoenix Coyotes were rolling.

Then the teams met Saturday night and everything turned around.

Zach Parise scored two of Minnesota's three third-period goals and the Wild rallied to beat the Coyotes 3-1 on Saturday night in a game with important playoff implications.

"We need to use this as a game we can kind of springboard something off of," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. "We've had enough games where there have been some bad feelings afterward. Let's use this as one that hopefully we can build something off of."

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.

After giving up five goals in each of its previous two games, Minnesota's defense was outstanding with Ilya Bryzgalov in net.

Parise tied it from the top of the circle off a faceoff 8:03 into the final period, and then came 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 Coyotes would have moved ahead of Minnesota into seventh with a victory.

"We can't let them come out in the third and let them score two and an empty-net goal," Boedker said. "That's not how we do it around here, and obviously this was a good opportunity for us to jump up to seventh, but that's the way it goes."

The Wild pulled three points ahead of Phoenix for the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference. The Coyotes are just a point ahead of Dallas for the No. 8 spot. The Stars won 4-2 at St. Louis on Saturday.

"It's going to be like that," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "It is why you can't get too high right now and you can't get too low. ... It's like a playoff series. You forget the one you just played and move on whether you won or lost."

Minnesota's win also clinched a playoff berth for the Chicago Blackhawks, the defending Stanley Cup champions.

The Wild won for only the second time in six games and fourth time in 12 games. Phoenix, just back from a three-game trip east, lost for just the third time in eight games.

Bryzgalov, 3-0-2 as a starter since being acquired by the Wild in a trade deadline deal from Edmonton, had 21 saves for Minnesota.

"A lot of this goes to Bryz. It's 1-0 and he makes and unbelievable glove save in the second period and keeps it at 1-0," Yeo said. "That's an important one."

Thomas Greiss had 27 for Phoenix, without their usual goalie Mike Smith due to injury.

Just 2:28 into the game, Minnesota was penalized for too many men on the ice. Forty-eight seconds later, Shane Doan's close-range shot deflected off Boedker's leg into the net, 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 missed with 7:49 to play in the second period until Radim Vrbata's with 1:56 left in the game.

Minnesota finally tied it off a face off on a shot by Parise from the top of the circle and it was 1-1 with 11:57 to play. It was a set play, Parise said.

"We've tried that before," he said. "It's just never worked."

Spurgeon's powerful slap shot sailed past Greiss high into the net to put the Wild ahead.

Doan disputed stats on the long span without a Phoenix shot, blaming it on the scorer.

"It wasn't that long between shots," Doan said. "The guy just doesn't keep track very well."

The Wild had three penalty kills after the Coyotes' power play goal.

Notes

The Wild won the season series 2-1 and would have the tiebreaker. ... The Coyotes are 13-5-0 when Boedker scores a goal. ... Minnesota didn't have a power play until there was 5:17 left in the second period.

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Ilya Bryzgalov makes the save for the Wild, who pull three points ahead of Phoenix in the playoff chase after their 3-1 win. (USATSI)
Ilya Bryzgalov makes the save for the Wild, who pull three points ahead of Phoenix in the playoff chase after their 3-1 win. (USATSI)

Scoreboard
Minnesota  (38-24-11) «0033
Phoenix (35-27-12)1001
Three Stars
Z. Parise
MIN


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
M. Stone
PHO


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
M. Koivu
MIN


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:16Power Play - Mikkel Boedker (19), Tip-In. Assist: Doan, Ekman-Larsson
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
08:03 - Zach Parise (27), Snap Shot. Assist: Koivu
12:57 - Jared Spurgeon (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Pominville, Granlund
19:15 - Zach Parise (28), Empty Net. Assist: Koivu
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:28Fontaine, 2 min, Too Many Men on the Ice(bench)
13:42Niederreiter, 2 min, Tripping
15:45Hanzal, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
15:45Suter, 2 min, Slashing
2ND PERIOD
03:45Koivu, 2 min, Interference
14:43Summers, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
05:02Prosser, 2 min, Slashing
19:15Yandle, 10 min, Gross Misconduct
19:15Doan, 10 min, Gross Misconduct
Shots On Goal
 123T
MIN881430
PHO129324
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ilya Bryzgalov60:00231
Thomas Greiss58:58272
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Attendance - 16691
Referees - Brad Watson, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen - Steve Miller, Bryan Pancich
 
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