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Minnesota
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44-28-10
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Coyotes
38-37-7

game recap

Wild 3, Coyotes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Wild 3, Coyotes 2
Minnesota Wild 3, Phoenix Coyotes 2

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Instead of losing his temper, Minnesota winger Eric Belanger got even with Phoenix by scoring the winning goal.

After being struck in the face and losing a tooth, Belanger scored a short-handed goal late in the third period and the Minnesota Wild rallied to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday night.

"The best way to get back is to score the winning goal," Belanger said. "I was upset with what happened, and it was a cheap shot. We have three games against them, so we'll see what will happen."

Belanger knocked in the rebound from a Stephane Veilleux backhander at 16:45. That came just more than three minutes after Mikko Koivu tied the game for Minnesota with 6 minutes, 20 seconds remaining.

Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, who allowed just one goal in his previous three starts this season, surrendered two first-period goals, but none thereafter. He had 27 saves.

"When I gave up those goals, I felt I let the team down," Backstrom said. "Between the second and third periods, we talked about the situation, and had all the confidence we would come back."

Phoenix goalie Alex Auld stopped 23 shots.

The Wild scored first when Marian Gaborik converted a perfect centering pass from Pavol Demitra at 4:09 of the opening period.

Then, Daniel Carcillo struck twice for Phoenix.

First on the power play, he scored on a scramble in front of the goal at 14:51 of the first period. Just more than two minutes later, Carcillo skated into a pass from Niko Kapanen and beat Backstrom with a slap shot from the right face-off circle.

The two tallies marked the first multigoal game for Carcillo in his two-year NHL career.

"We need to be more disciplined in the third period," he said. "We took it to them in the first two periods, but obviously we didn't get the result we wanted."

The effort also marked the second straight multiple goal game for a Phoenix player. Winger Fredrik Sjostrom had a hat trick Thursday at Nashville.

Though the second period was scoreless, each team had several good chances. The best for Phoenix occurred when captain Shane Doan hit the right post with just more than five minutes remaining in the period.

With less than one minute remaining in the middle session, Auld stopped Gaborik in close.

"That was a heart breaker to lose because we played well against a very good team," said Wayne Gretzky, the Phoenix coach. "It was a good effort, but we took three undisciplined penalties late, and two of those cost us the game."

Notes: Peter Mueller, the Coyotes' 1st-round pick in 2006, was a healthy scratch. Mueller is scoreless in the Coyotes first four games. ... Minnesota Brian Rolston skated in his 900th NHL game. Rolston has played for New Jersey, Colorado, Boston. ... The attendance was 12,088, the lowest home crowd for Phoenix since last Dec. 21 (12,704) against Edmonton.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:09
MIN
Marian Gaborik (1) ASST: Pavol Demitra (2), Wes Walz (1)
1 - 0 MIN
14:51
PHX
PPG - Daniel Carcillo (1) ASST: Shane Doan (4), Ed Jovanovski (1)
1 - 1 Tie
17:08
PHX
Daniel Carcillo (2) ASST: Niko Kapanen (2)
2 - 1 PHX
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
13:40
MIN
PPG - Mikko Koivu (1) ASST: Pavol Demitra (3), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (2)
2 - 2 Tie
16:45
MIN
SHG - Eric Belanger (2) ASST: Stephane Veilleux (1), Nick Schultz (1)
3 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
06:10
PHX
Radim Vrbata  Hi-sticking against  James Sheppard
07:39
PHX
Derek Morris  Cross checking against  Mark Parrish
13:08
MIN
Kurtis Foster  Interference against  Craig Weller
2nd Period
04:41
PHX
Niko Kapanen  Tripping against  Eric Belanger
08:03
MIN
Marian Gaborik  Slashing against  Radim Vrbata
3rd Period
07:11
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Holding against  Kurtis Foster
12:47
PHX
Steve Reinprecht  Hooking against  Wes Walz
15:02
MIN
Marian Gaborik  Roughing against  Nick Boynton
15:02
MIN
Marian Gaborik  Roughing against  Nick Boynton
15:02
PHX
Nick Boynton  Roughing against  Marian Gaborik
18:23
PHX
Shane Doan  Boarding against  Brent Burns
18:23
PHX
Daniel Carcillo  Misconduct (10 min)
18:23
MIN
Branko Radivojevic  Misconduct (10 min)
19:20
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard  Holding against  Martin Hanzal
19:55
MIN
Nick Schultz  Broken stick
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .931SH: 2 - 2
Alex Auld
SA: 26TOI: 59:33
Saves: 23EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .885SH: 2 - 3