NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Phoenix
(Saturday, October 13th)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Phoenix 2
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Eric Belanger's shorthanded score with 3:15 left in regulation was the difference, as the Minnesota Wild scored twice in the third period to top the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2, and remain unbeaten on the early season.
Marian Gaborik and Mikko Koivu also scored for the Wild, and Pavol Demitra added two assists. Niklas Backstrom stopped 27 shots for Minnesota, which has won its first four games of the season.
Daniel Carcillo scored both goals while Alexander Auld stopped 23 shots for the Coyotes, who have dropped three of their last four games.
Koivu's power-play score tied things at 2-2 with 6:20 remaining. A little more than three minutes later, the Wild had an odd-man rush while facing a Phoenix power play, and capitalized when Belanger flipped in the rebound off a Stephane Veilleux shot, putting the Wild on top.
Gaborik put the Wild on top early with his first score of the season, with 15:51 left in the first. Carcillo scored on the power play with 5:09 left to knot things at 1-1 and then added an even-strength score with 2:52 left, slapping in a shot from the right circle to give the Coyotes the lead.
It was Carcillo's first career multi-goal game...Minnesota started the season 6-0 last year...The Wild won the season series, 3-1, last year against the Coyotes...The Coyotes have dropped three of the last four meetings between the teams in Phoenix.
10/14 01:33:34 ET