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Minnesota Wild @ Arizona Coyotes Instant Recap: unbeaten no more

The Arizona Coyotes were unable to extend their winning streak to four, falling to the Minnesota Wild.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

A heck of a game, but the Arizona Coyotes are no longer undefeated. Let's take a quick look at tonight's action.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

@ 9:22 Power Play goal from Zach Parise on a backhand shot, assisted by Ryan Suter and Mikael Granlund. Parise gets the rebound after a Suter shot that hit the top of the board and scores.

@ 10:20 Thomas Vanek wrist shot, assisted by Justin Fontaine. Vanek beats Michael Stone and Mike Smith on the breakaway to give the Wild a 2-0 lead, shortly after their first goal.

2nd Period

@ 7:07 Mikko Koivu wrist shot for a shorthanded goal, assisted by Jason Zucker and Marco Scandella. Smith is pulled out for Lindback.

@ 11:14 Anthony Duclair on a backhand shot, assisted by Max Domi. A beautiful pass from Domi finds Duclair to cut the lead.

@ 12:36 Mikael Granlund wrist shot, assisted by Zach Parise and Jason Pominville. The Wild answer back quickly.

@ 19:50 Max Domi wrist shot, assisted by Martin Hanzal and Connor Murphy. Domi uses his handling skills to beat an unstable Spurgeon and then Dubnyk. 4-2 Wild lead.

3rd Period

@ 15:12 Michael Stone wrist shot, assisted by Shane Doan and Brad Richardson. After a Steve Downie penalty that cut Arizona's Power Play short, Stone scores on 4 on 4 play and the Coyotes get within one with 4:48 left!

4-3 Wild final score.

Shots & Other Stats

Minnesota Wild Arizona Coyotes
First Period Shots 12 6
Second Period Shots 9 11
Third Period Shots 3 13
Total Shots 24 30
Power Plays 1 for 5 0 for 8
Faceoff Wins 31 41
Save Percentage .892 .833

Paw Prints

  • The Coyotes had their first defeat of the season, following a 3 game winning streak. Meanwhile the Wild have a winning streak of their own at 3, remaining undefeated.
  • In his second back-to-back game of the week, things got tough for Mike Smith, who conceded 3 goals. He was replaced by Anders Lindback.
  • The opening goal was the first conceded on a Power Play for the season.
  • The Coyotes couldn't get much going on the offense until midway in the game.  There was even a time stretch of almost 18 minutes where they didn't get a single shot on goal (8:30 remaining on the 1st period - 10:45 on the 2nd).
  • Antoine Vermette was apparently injured during the 2nd period with what appeared to be a hamstring issue, and would not return back to the game.
  • Attendance: 12,029.
  • For the Minnesota perspective, visit Hockey Wilderness

Looking Ahead

Arizona plays Boston Saturday night at Gila River Arena. Puck drops at 7 PM.