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."
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."
|Matt Cooke (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Brodziak (1), Torrey Mitchell (1)|
1 - 0 MIN
|Charlie Coyle (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Suter (1), Dany Heatley (1)|
2 - 0 MIN
|SHG - Torrey Mitchell (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Keith Ballard (1)|
3 - 0 MIN
|SHG - Jaden Schwartz (1) Slapshot - ASST: NONE|
3 - 1 MIN
|Alexander Steen Interference - 2 min against Marco Scandella|
|Jonas Brodin Hooking - 2 min against Patrik Berglund|
|Zach Parise Holding the stick - 2 min against Ian Cole|
|Kevin Shattenkirk Delaying Game-Puck over glass - 2 min|
|Mikko Koivu Hooking - 2 min against Ryan Whitney|
|Maxim Lapierre Holding - 2 min against Charlie Coyle|
|Jay Bouwmeester Holding - 2 min against Charlie Coyle|