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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Minnesota



(Friday, November 24th)

Final Score: Minnesota 4, Phoenix 0

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves and four different players scored as Minnesota shut out Phoenix, 4-0, at Xcel Energy Center.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Mark Parrish, Pascal Dupuis and Branko Radivojevic all had goals for the Wild, who snapped a three-game slide.

"We had all four lines going," Todd White said. "Special teams have been big all year for us. They [Phoenix] had some chances in the second period to get back in it and we got the power-play goal. It was a big two points."

Backstrom stopped 12 shots in the second period and earned his fourth win of the campaign.

Curtis Joseph made 22 saves for the Coyotes before David LeNeveu replaced him midway through the third and stopped all three shots he faced.

Phoenix, which was held scoreless for the fourth time this season, has lost three of its last five.

"We weren't very good tonight," Coyotes defenseman Keith Ballard said. "We need to take more responsibility and play every night."

Bouchard's power-play goal with 2:52 left in the first period put Minnesota up 1-0. After taking a feed from White, Bouchard used a wrist shot to slip the puck through the legs of Joseph.

Parrish used a slap shot from 50-feet out to give the Wild a two-goal lead at the 6:36 mark in the second frame.

With 2:03 remaining in the period, Minnesota increased its advantage on a short-handed tally by Dupuis.

Branko Radivojevic's wrister on the man advantage 6:57 into the third capped the scoring.

Game Notes

White had two assists...Minnesota finished 2-for-6 on the power play while Phoenix failed to convert on five opportunities...The Coyotes dropped to 1-9-0 on the road this year...Attendance was 18,568.

11/24 17:05:42 ET

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