Late second-period surge propels Coyotes past Wild

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GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- A couple of quick goals helped the

Phoenix Coyotes forget about their struggles against the

Minnesota Wild.

Defenseman Zbynek Michalek and Olli Jokinen scored in the final

30 seconds of the second period and the Coyotes went on to post

a 3-1 victory over the Wild on Thursday.

Joakim Lindstrom netted his first goal of the season and Ilya

Bryzgalov made 30 saves for the Coyotes, who snapped a nine-game

losing streak to the Wild. Phoenix had not defeated Minnesota

since November 14, 2006.

"You can't lose forever," Bryzgalov said. "We finally beat this

team, and maybe this is a turning point in our matchups."

Antti Miettinen tallied and Niklas Backstrom turned aside 28

shots for the Wild, who have lost three in a row.

"You've got to stay positive and keep working," Minnesota coach

Jacques Lemaire said. "We are looking to get more shots, talked

about getting more shots, getting the pucks at the net and

getting tips. Tonight, I thought our power play did fine. The

only thing is, we didn't score."

Michalek opened the scoring with 27 seconds left in the middle

session and the Coyotes refused to settle for one as Jokinen

doubled the advantage with 1.9 seconds remaining in the period.

"It was a tremendous shot taken by Michalek to make it 1-0, and

that got our guys fired up," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said.

"Then we scored immediately after. It was huge to come out with

a two-goal lead. That's twice in two nights we had scored in

the last 10 seconds.

"Tonight, as good of a team as they are and as tough as it is to

score against that team, the goal was a huge goal to give us a

two-goal lead."

After taking a pass from captain Shane Doan at the left point,

Michalek launched a slap shot through a screen and past

Backstrom on the stick side. It was Michalek's second goal of

the campaign.

Phoenix then capitalized on a turnover and Peter Mueller led a

2-on-1 rush. Mueller threaded a perfect pass to Jokinen, who

fired a quick wrist shot past Backstrom less than two seconds

before the second intermission.

"That was a Hall-of-Fame pass from Mueller," Jokinen said. "It

was a really good play. He forced the guy to make a move and

they turned the puck over, and he made a world-class pass to set

me up. It was easy to put in."

"That was a pretty striking end to the second period," Miettinen

said. "I think we were controlling the game pretty well until


Lindstrom extended the advantage to 3-0 at 4:41 of the third

period, deflecting Steven Reinprecht's pass into the top portion

of the net.

Reinprecht collected two assists for the Coyotes, who have won

six of their last nine games.



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