FINAL
CBJ
0
BUF
3
FINAL
NSH
1
WSH
4
FINAL
PIT
5
DET
1
FINAL
MTL
2
OTT
5
FINAL
STL
1
MIN
3
FINAL OT
PHX
3
CGY
2
STL
MIN

Coyle scores winner as Wild handle Blues

NHL.com | Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 12:26 AM

Charlie Coyle continued to make an argument for top-six ice time by scoring his third goal of the preseason to back a 33-save performance by Niklas Backstrom, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the St. Louis Blues, 3-1, at Xcel Energy Center.

Coyle scored his team-best third preseason goal on a breakaway 38 seconds into the third to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead.

"I can't say anything negative about his camp," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "He's been outstanding. We know this kid's personality, the way he trains, his motivation, I was pretty confident we'd see this."

Torrey Mitchell stole the puck from goaltender Brian Elliott two minutes later and scored on a shorthanded wraparound for a 3-0 lead. Matt Cooke had the first goal for the Wild.

Jaden Schwartz spoiled Backstrom's shutout bid with a shorthanded goal midway through the final period and was among the few players to earn postgame praise from Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.

"He was by far our best player today," Hitchcock said. "His competitive level, speed and energy is contagious."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
12:27MIN Matt Cooke (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Brodziak (1), Torrey Mitchell (1) 1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
00:38MIN Charlie Coyle (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Suter (1), Dany Heatley (1) 2 - 0 MIN
02:46MIN SHG - Torrey Mitchell (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Keith Ballard (1) 3 - 0 MIN
09:30STL SHG - Jaden Schwartz (1) Slapshot - ASST: NONE 3 - 1 MIN
Three Stars of the Game
Charlie Coyle
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:15
Niklas Backstrom
2nd
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
GA: 1
PIM: 0
SV%: .971
Torrey Mitchell
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 11:37
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:29STL Alexander Steen  Interference  - 2 min against  Marco Scandella
14:10MIN Jonas Brodin  Hooking  - 2 min against  Patrik Berglund
19:06MIN Zach Parise  Holding the stick  - 2 min against  Ian Cole
2nd Period
16:40STL Kevin Shattenkirk  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
3rd Period
01:53MIN Mikko Koivu  Hooking  - 2 min against  Ryan Whitney
08:50STL Maxim Lapierre  Holding  - 2 min against  Charlie Coyle
10:04STL Jay Bouwmeester  Holding  - 2 min against  Charlie Coyle
shots by period
PeriodSTLMIN
1st148
2nd1010
3rd105
Total3423
Team Stats
CategorySTLMIN
Power Plays0/30/4
Hits159
Faceoff Wins3228
Giveaways02
Takeaways310
Blocked Shots1010
Penalty Minutes86
  • ST LOUIS
  • MINNESOTA
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
5B. JackmanD0012018:50
6R. WhitneyD00-12014:19
9J. SchwartzL1003017:45
17V. SobotkaL0002012:47
19J. BouwmeesterD00-21221:12
20A. SteenL0004220:28
21P. BerglundC00-11018:15
22K. ShattenkirkD0001222:11
26D. JaskinR00-12011:00
27A. PietrangeloD00-23024:44
28I. ColeD0000016:03
32C. PorterL00-11010:19
40M. LapierreC00-14211:11
42D. BackesC00-12020:09
56M. PaajarviL0001011:13
74T. OshieR00-11018:01
75R. ReavesR00-1208:37
91V. TarasenkoR0002015:44
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1B. Elliott810.80026:27
41J. Halak1213.92333:33
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2K. BallardD0110014:20
3C. CoyleC1022017:15
6M. ScandellaD0011019:37
9M. KoivuC00-11219:18
11Z. PariseL00-13218:30
15D. HeatleyL0103017:59
16J. ZuckerL0010010:23
17T. MitchellC1122011:37
20R. SuterD0100025:36
21K. BrodziakC0111015:12
22N. NiederreiterR0000013:29
24M. CookeL1011013:58
25J. BrodinD0021222:14
28Z. KonopkaC000007:47
29J. PominvilleR00-13020:50
46J. SpurgeonD0000019:25
52J. FontaineR0003011:47
55M. DumbaD0012014:43
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
32N. Backstrom3334.97160:00
37J. Harding00.0000:00