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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Phoenix Coyotes 3, Minnesota Wild 2

By Dave Vest
SAINT PAUL -- The Coyotes just keep on rolling.

Martin Hanzal, Matthew Lombardi and Radim Vrbata scored goals on Wednesday night to lead Phoenix to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. Hanzal and Vrbata also chipped in an assist.

The victory was the Coyotes' eighth in their past nine games and upped their point total to 79 after 61 games. A year ago, Phoenix earned 79 points all season.

"We have good ability as a group and we play very hard togther, and games like tonight are a good indicator of that," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We hang around a game against a desperate team and find a way to win. That's kind of been our MO all year."

Coyotes goalie Ilya Brzygalov made 29 saves to post his fourth win over Minnesota this season and up his victory total to 32. That is one win shy of the franchise record for wins by a goalie in a season.

The Wild, who hadn’t lost a home game in regulation since Jan. 2, dominated the first five minutes and took a 1-0 lead at 4:46 when Guillaume Latendresse poked a rebound past Bryzgalov from the top of the crease.

The Coyotes, however, didn’t panic and slowly but surely took control of the game by scoring the next three goals - one in each period.

Hanzal’s one-timer from the left circle tied the score at 12:02 of the first period. Lombardi gave Phoenix a 2-1 lead when he notched his third goal in the past two games at 2:08 of the second period after a nice pass by Shane Doan. And Vrbata netted his team-high 20th goal at 5:41 of the third period. (see KEY MOMENT below).

Wild forward Martin Havlat made things interesting by scoring a goal with 2:28 left in the third period, but the Coyotes held on and swept the season series vs. the Wild for the first time since Minnesota entered the NHL in 2000.

"We're looking to make that extra-pretty pass, looking for the empty net," Wild Head Coach Todd Richards said. "We have to be a team that shoots the puck and goes to the net."
Leading 2-1, Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata scored his team-high 20th goal from a tricky angle early in the third period. Positioned in the left corner, Vrbata flicked the puck toward traffic near the crease. In a stroke of good fortune, Vrbata's pass hit Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom on his right side, spun off him and slid into the goal. The puck was spinning so much that it left the goal and slid back into the crease.
• Captain Shane Doan, who is nursing an upper-body injury, played 18:32. Center Vernon Fiddler, who also is nursing an upper-body injury, played 14:52 and won 13 of 21 faceoffs.

• Phoenix upped its record to an NHL-best 21-4-5 in one-goal games and to 9-4-0 vs. teams from the Northwest Division. The Coyotes play at Northwest Division-leading Colorado on Friday.

• Center Martin Hanzal scored his first goal since Jan. 5 at Edmonton, a span of 16 games.

• Forward Lauri Korpikoski returned to the lineup after missing Monday's game because of flu-like symptoms Korpikoski believes were triggered by food poisoning. Korpikoski, who centered a line with wingers Peter Mueller and Mikkel Boedker, played 13:08 and took three shots on goal.

• The Coyotes scratched Paul Bissonnette, Jeff Hoggan and Anders Eriksson. The Wild scratched Josh Harding, James Sheppard and John Scott.

"I just got in a corner, and I knew guys were coming to the net so I had no other play than to throw it to the net. It took a lucky bounce and went in. Good for us."  "We’re playing with some confidence here. Down 1-0, we didn’t get nervous, we didn’t start changing the way we wanted to play. We just kept going." "We were creating chances but we weren't shooting at the right moment. We were looking for a better pass at the end of the play."
Vrbata Lombardi Havlat
Hanzal Vrbata Brodziak
  • Nov. 18, 2009: PHX 3, MIN 2
  • Feb. 10, 2010: PHX 3, MIN 2
  • Dec. 7, 2009: PHX 2, MIN 0
  • Jan. 16, 2010: PHX 6, MIN 4
scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Guillaume Latendresse (19) ASST: Martin Havlat (27), Marek Zidlicky (30)
1 - 0 MIN
Martin Hanzal (7) ASST: Petr Prucha (8), Radim Vrbata (17)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Matthew Lombardi (13) ASST: Shane Doan (29), Ed Jovanovski (19)
2 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
Radim Vrbata (20) ASST: Jim Vandermeer (8), Martin Hanzal (21)
3 - 1 PHX
Martin Havlat (14) ASST: Antti Miettinen (15), Mikko Koivu (36)
3 - 2 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
Vernon Fiddler  Hooking against  Mikko Koivu
Mikko Koivu  Hooking against  Matthew Lombardi
2nd Period
Robert Lang  Tripping against  Brent Burns
Nick Schultz  Holding against  Taylor Pyatt
3rd Period
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .935SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 31TOI: 58:30
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
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