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Coyle scores winner as Wild handle Blues

Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 12:26 AM

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Coyle scores winner as Wild handle Blues
St. Louis Blues 1, Minnesota Wild 3
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

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
12:27
MIN
Matt Cooke (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Brodziak (1), Torrey Mitchell (1)
1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
00:38
MIN
Charlie Coyle (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Suter (1), Dany Heatley (1)
2 - 0 MIN
02:46
MIN
SHG - Torrey Mitchell (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Keith Ballard (1)
3 - 0 MIN
09:30
STL
SHG - Jaden Schwartz (1) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
3 - 1 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
06:29
STL
Alexander Steen  Interference  - 2 min against  Marco Scandella
14:10
MIN
Jonas Brodin  Hooking  - 2 min against  Patrik Berglund
19:06
MIN
Zach Parise  Holding the stick  - 2 min against  Ian Cole
2nd Period
16:40
STL
Kevin Shattenkirk  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
3rd Period
01:53
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Hooking  - 2 min against  Ryan Whitney
08:50
STL
Maxim Lapierre  Holding  - 2 min against  Charlie Coyle
10:04
STL
Jay Bouwmeester  Holding  - 2 min against  Charlie Coyle
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
SA: 10TOI: 26:27
GA: 2SV%: .800
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 13TOI: 33:33
GA: 1SV%: .923
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
GA: 1SV%: .971