Wild coughs up two-goal lead, falls to Coyotes 4-3
The Wild and Coyotes are nowhere near each other in the NHLs hierarchy, a gap that revealed itself in a dramatic way in the second period when the Wild scored more goals than the Coyotes did shots on net.
But that discrepancy didnt hold up.
Instead, the Coyotes seized control in the third period by securing three goals on seven shots to stun the Wild 4-3 Tuesday in front of 18,706 at Xcel Energy Center.
Arizona winger Josh Archibald put the late comeback in motion and capped it off 8 minutes, 39 seconds into the third when he split the Wild defense to lift a shot over goalie Devan Dubnyk.
Earlier in the frame, Arizona started to chip away at a two-goal deficit when Archibalds rising shot eluded Dubnyks blocker at 3:07.
The Wild challenged the goal to determine if the play was offside but not only did the goal stand, the Coyotes were awarded a power play for the Wilds unsuccessful challenge.
Arizona didnt capitalize, going 0-for-1; the Wild went 1-for-2.
But just 3:55 later, the Coyotes scored again on a shot by winger Michael Grabner that got a piece of Dubnyk before rolling over the goal line.
It was a baffling collapse considering how the Wild had dominated to that point.
The Coyotes opened the scoring 4:49 into the first on a seeing-eye shot from winger Lawson Crouse following a faceoff win in the Wilds zone.
Only 1:05 after that goal, the Wild responded with one of its own a redirection in front by winger Charlie Coyle off a Mikko Koivu feed. The assist was Koivus ninth point in his past seven games.
Although the team didnt score any more in the first, the Wild looked comfortable against a beleaguered Arizona squad that had dropped its previous four games.
The weight of that streak seemed to surface in the second when the Coyotes registered only one shot on goal.
That lone puck didnt reach Dubnyk until 2 minutes, 54 seconds remained in the frame a floater from winger Clayton Keller that the Wild netminder easily pawed.
By then, the Wild had already scored twice.
Only 2:20 into the period, the power play rebounded from a 0-for-6 showing during its last game on a fortuitous sequence.
A point shot from defenseman Matt Dumba caromed off the glass behind the net and bounced in front to winger Zach Parise, who deflected the puck behind Arizona goalie Antti Raanta.
The goal was Parises team-leading 11th, and the assist extended Dumbas career-high point streak to seven games a span in which hes corralled 10 points. Dumbas run also ties Ryan Suters franchise record for longest point streak by a defenseman.
Later in the period, the Wild widened its cushion on a blistering shot from winger Jason Zucker from the slot at 11:21.
But the Coyotes were much better in the third, this after Adin Hill replaced Raanta who left the game because of a lower-body injury. Raanta finished with 17 saves, while Hill had five in relief.
Dubnyk, in his return to the lineup after getting pulled last Wednesday in the 6-4 win over the Jets because of illness, made 10 stops.