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Charlie Coyle's late tiebreaking goal lifts surging Wild to 3-2 win vs. Panthers

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 10:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Charlie Coyle's late tiebreaking goal lifts surging Wild to 3-2 win vs. Panthers

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Charlie Coyle put Minnesota ahead with 8:22 remaining after Florida scored twice in the third period to tie it, and the Wild hung on to beat the Panthers 3-2 on Friday night for their sixth win in seven games.

After a scoreless second period, the Wild paid for their mid-game sluggishness by giving up goals to Tomas Kopecky and Jonathan Huberdeau about 5 1/2 minutes apart that gave the Panthers life. Minnesota's top line was buzzing all night, though, and came through when it counted.

Mikko Koivu, who had two assists, controlled the puck along the end boards and leaned forward for an off-balance pass to Coyle, who was muscling for position in the crease with Mike Mottau. Coyle poked the puck in for his second goal in four games.

Josh Harding stopped 22 shots to improve to 9-0 at home.

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