NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Winnipeg|
(Saturday, November 23rd)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Winnipeg 2 (SO)
Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - Charlie Coyle's tally in the fourth round
of the shootout sent Minnesota past Winnipeg, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at
After Niklas Backstrom turned away Devin Setoguchi, Coyle snaked his way
through the zone and managed to pull Ondrej Pavelec to the left post while he
slid the puck inside the far pipe to end the contest.
Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise scored for the Wild, who improved to 9-1-1
Backstrom stopped 37 shots and three of four in the breakaway round in relief
of Josh Harding, who was a late scratch after suffering a lower-body injury in
"He's the difference in the game for us. I mean obviously I give our players a
great deal of credit for dealing with the adversity with what happened at the
beginning of the game," said Wild head coach Mike Yeo. "It's a little bit
easier to deal with it when you see your goalie go out and play the way that
Michal Frolik and Matt Halischuk provided the offense for the Jets, who have
gone winless in their last four (0-2-2) but dropped a pair of shootouts in
Pavelec finished with 33 stops in the loss.
The Jets finally solved Backstrom and produced the game's first goal with 6:53
remaining in the second period. Halischuk worked a puck free on the right
boards in the Minnesota zone, and Backstrom was unable to handle his shot.
Frolik then barreled through the crease and tipped the loose disc home.
Niederreiter evened the score with 3:21 played in the third, picking a loose
puck off a Marco Scandella blast from Pavelec's pads and tucking it home.
Halischuk potted his own rebound from the right side for a 2-1 Jets edge just
over two minutes later, but Parise's quick shot while shorthanded tied the
score with 4:55 remaining.
"I thought we played a pretty good game I thought we for the most part we got
a good effort from a lot of players and as you can see winning and losing is
determined by a fine line for us," noted Jets head coach Claude Noel.
The Wild have beaten the Jets three straight times this season as Central
Division rivals, previously claiming 2-1 wins on Oct. 10 and Nov. 17 ...
Minnesota improved to 3-3 in shootouts this year, while Winnipeg fell to 5-3.
11/23 20:56:40 ET