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Mikko Koivu scores in OT, Wild beat Coyotes 4-3 for 7th straight victory

Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 12:05 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Mikko Koivu scores in OT, Wild beat Coyotes 4-3 for 7th straight victory

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Mikko Koivu scored at 2:43 of overtime to give Minnesota a 4-3 comeback victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night, extending the Wild's winning streak to seven and the Coyotes' skid to seven.

Koivu skated out from the corner and beat goalie Jason LaBarbera between the pads.

Minnesota tied it with 54.3 seconds left in regulation, with Ryan Suter scoring on a wrist shot from the left point with Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom off for an extra attacker.

Torrey Mitchell and Matt Cullen also scored for the Wild, and Backstrom stopped 24 shots.

Rob Klinkhammer, Boyd Gordon and Michael Stone scored for Phoenix. LaBarbera made 33 saves.

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