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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Minnesota



(Monday, March 22nd)

Final Score: Phoenix 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Mike Comrie scored with 24.2 seconds left in overtime to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

Shane Doan and Dan Cleary also scored for the Coyotes, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit and won for the first time in 16 games (1-8-4-3). Phoenix, which played its fourth straight overtime game, hadn't left the ice victorious since a 3-2 triumph over Columbus on February 20.

The Coyotes also snapped an 0-7-1-1 road skid and gave Rick Bowness his first win in 14 games as interim coach (1-7-3-3).

"We needed to win one," Bowness said. "We've been working hard lately. We have played better games than this and lost, so sometimes they even out."

Marc Chouinard notched a goal and an assist for the Wild, who lost for just the second time in their last nine games (4-1-3-1). Nick Schultz also scored and Manny Fernandez made 25 saves.

"After taking a 2-0 lead, we just changed the way we played," said Minnesota head coach Jacques Lemaire. "We seemed to play a lot softer, tried to make plays that weren't there. I just want guys to keep playing the same, no matter what the score is. There is a reason we were up 2-0."

Minnesota had the first five shots of the extra period, but could not beat Brent Johnson, who finished with 27 saves.

Phoenix then scored on its lone chance of the extra session.

Erik Westrum gained control of the puck at center ice and quickly fed it to a streaking Comrie, who raced into the Minnesota zone alone. He cut through the right circle into the low slot and had his first shot stopped by Fernandez. The rebound went right back to Comrie at the left side of the crease and he slipped a shot under the goaltender's pads for the winning goal.

The Coyotes trailed 2-1 after two periods and tied it while shorthanded at 10:07 of the third. Cleary picked up the puck along the left boards at center ice and beat Marian Gaborik through the left circle in the Minnesota zone, then slipped a backhander from the slot through Fernandez's pads for his sixth goal.

"Once in a while we will give up the odd goal against because we have forwards back there at the point [on the power play]," Lemaire said. "I think Gabby [Marian Gaborik] should have done a better job so the guy doesn't get a shot off."

Phoenix nearly took the lead about a minute later when Doan's shot from the right circle rang off the post.

Johnson, who yielded a pair of goals in the first period, turned aside five shots in the second and eight in the third to keep his team in the game.

The Wild grabbed the lead at 8:11 of the first period on Chouinard's eighth goal of the season. Andrew Brunette fed the puck from the top of the slot to the left circle for Chouinard, who skated in a few strides toward the slot and snapped a wrister over Johnson's glove.

Schultz then made it 2-0 exactly 8:11 later. He took a pass from Chouinard in the slot and beat Johnson with a wrist shot for his sixth goal.

The Coyotes managed just four shots in the first period, then cashed in a power play midway through the second to pull within one.

Cale Hulse took a shot from the point and Doan was able to deflect it home from in front of the crease for his team-high 25th goal.

"Give them credit, they got up 2-0, but I like our work ethic and I knew we would come back," Bowness said.

Game Notes

Phoenix won for just the third time in its last 28 games (3-16-5-4)...The Wild fell to 0-3-20 in overtime this season, while the Coyotes improved to 4-6-18 in the extra period...Phoenix won the season series 2-1-1, capturing both meetings in Minnesota.

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