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Final Look: Coyotes Weather Wild's Early Attack, Fall Short in Minnesota

Arizona recovered from two deficits in Thursday's 3-2 loss; finish road trip with a 2-1-0 record

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES WEATHER WILD'S EARLY ATTACK

The Coyotes weathered a heavy first period attack from the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night, recouped to respond to a pair of deficits, but ultimately came up short in a 3-2 loss at Xcel Energy Center.

Arizona finished its road trip with a 2-1-0 record.

Minnesota fired away for 20 first period shots, the highest total of any opponent against the Coyotes this season. Arizona trailed, 1-0, heading into the second.

Just over five minutes into the second period, Conor Garland scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season when he deflected a Nick Schmaltz pass into an open net after a heavy Coyotes dump and chase forced Minnesota netminder Devan Dubnyk to turn the puck over.

Schmaltz registered his team-leading 12th assist on Garland's goal, a goal that tied the score, 1-1, heading into the third period.

The Wild converted on a power play with 14:21 remaining in regulation to take a 2-1 lead.

With 12:28 left to play, Phil Kessel found Lawson Crouse with a pass from behind Minnesota's net to set up the power forward for his third goal of the season.

Crouse's goal, a quick backhand shot that trickled through Dubnyk's pads, tied the score, 2-2.

Minnesota took its third and final lead of the night with 7:49 left on the clock when a point shot pin-balled off bodies in front of the Coyotes' crease and into the net to give the Wild a 3-2 advantage.

Antti Raanta was pulled for an extra attacker with 2:05 to play, but the Coyotes were unable to produce a third goal during 6-on-5 play.

Raanta made 31 saves in the loss.

Seven of the Coyotes' nine losses this season (including OTL) have been by one goal; the only multi-goal deficits coming on October 24 at the New York Islanders and October 30 vs. the Montreal Canadiens.

The Coyotes will play six of their next eight games on home ice at Gila River Arena.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #20: ARIZONA (2) at MINNESOTA (3)

  • SOG: ARI - 29, MIN - 34
  • PP: ARI - 0/3, MIN - 1/3

ARIZONA SCORING:

MINNESOTA SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"I thought we had a really good start in the third there, I thought we pushed the pace there, especially at the end when we were tied and when we were down, that [third goal] for them was tough, hits a few bodies, a bad bounce."

Conor Garland, his initial takeaway from Thursday's 3-2 loss

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Antti Raanta's 31-save performance.

Facing an immense amount of pressure from the get-go, Antti Raanta kept the Coyotes to within a shot throughout the night, making two spectacular saves - among many great saves.

His first on Carson Soucy as traffic closed in during the Wild's 20-shot opening period barrage, and his second on Brad Hunt and Mats Zuccarello midway through the second period.

Thursday served as Raanta's sixth 30-plus save performance of the season.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes trailing, 1-0, with 14:56 remaining in the second period.

Chip and chase, and Christian Dvorak certainly chased. Just over five minutes into the second period, Brad Richardson dumped into Minnesota territory. Devan Dubnyk came out to play the puck, and as Dvorak rapidly approached, the Wild netminder threw an errant clear toward the right half wall.

Nick Schmaltz collected Dubnyk's turnover and immediately distributed to Conor Garland, who found position atop Minnesota's crease. Garland redirected Schmaltz's pass into an open net to tie the game, 1-1, early in the second period.

Pitch and pressure; bang-bang.

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PHOTO FINISH

Snow daze. Lawson Crouse crashes the Wild net seeking a loose-puck rebound in the third period on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center, pulling up on Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubynk as he applied pressure in the late stages of the Coyotes' 3-2 loss. (Photo Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn / Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn - Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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