Coyotes end Wild’s 5-game winning streak with 5-3 victory
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Richard Panik broke a tie midway through the third period and the Arizona Coyotes rallied for another victory over the Minnesota Wild, 5-3 on Thursday night.
Christian Dvorak, Jakob Chychrun, Kevin Connauton and Jordan Martinook also scored, Max Domi had three assists, and Antti Raanta made 32 saves to help the NHL-worst Coyotes end Minnesota’s winning streak at five games.
Arizona also rallied to beat Minnesota the last time they played, scoring the final four goals in a 4-3 overtime victory in St. Paul on Feb. 8. That victory started a 7-2-1 run for the Coyotes.
Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Matt Cullen scored for the Wild, and Alex Stalock stopped 20 shots.
Forty-nine seconds after Koivu tied it at 2 on a power play, Panik one-timed Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s pass past Stalock’s glove from the right faceoff circle for his first goal with the Coyotes.
Connauton made it 4-2 with 7:56 to go, also beating Stalock to the glove side from the right faceoff circle.
Cullen cut it to one, poking the puck between Raanta’s legs with 6:47 left.
Parise opened the scoring with 4:24 left in the first period, snapping a wrist shot past Raanta’s glove off a slick passing play with Joel Eriksson Ek and Nino Niederreiter. Parise has four goals in 25 games this season after missing the first 39 because of a lower-back injury that required surgery.
Chychrun tied it with 2:32 left in the second period, five seconds after Eriksson Ek was sent off for hooking. Chychrun found the puck in a scrum off a faceoff and beat Stalock with a wrist shot to the short side. The 19-year-old defenseman has two goals in 33 games this season.
Dvorak gave the Coyotes the lead at 4:32 of the third, banging a rebound past Stalock on his second try.
Koivu tied it on a power play at 7:20 of the third, two seconds after a 5-on-3 advantage ended.
Martinook had an empty-net goal.
NOTES: The Coyotes signed junior forward Brayden Burke to a three-year, entry-level deal Thursday. The 21-year-old Burke has 31 goals and 81 assists in 59 games this season for Moose Jaw in the Western Hockey League. Terms of the contract weren’t disclosed. … Wild coach Bruce Boudreax played for the Phoenix Roadrunners in the International Hockey League in 1989-90. He had 41 goals and 68 assists in 82 games. … Arizona recalled C Laurent Dauphin from Tucson of the American Hockey League. He didn’t play.
Wild: At Colorado on Friday night.
Coyotes: Host Ottawa on Saturday night.
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