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Wild deny Coyotes third straight victory

Greenway breaks tie in third, Parise has goal, assist

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Greenway's deflects puck up top

ARI@MIN: Greenway nets go-ahead goal with deflection

Jordan Greenway deflects Jonas Brodin's slapper from the point past Antti Raanta to give the Wild a 3-2 lead in the 3rd period

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Zach Parise had a goal and an assist for the Minnesota Wild in a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.

Jordan Greenway broke a tie in the third period, Kevin Fiala scored, and Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves for the Wild (7-11-1), who have a five-game home point streak (4-0-1).

"You try to tell yourself to keep working at it and keep doing the right things and it'll pay off," Parise said. "And fortunately, tonight it did. Most importantly we were able to hang on and win the game. That's big for us right now."

 

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Conor Garland and Lawson Crouse scored, and Antti Raanta made 31 saves for the Coyotes (11-7-2), who had won two in a row.

"I don't know if some of the guys were tired and we're making mental mistakes," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "I do like the response after the first period. The first period they were all over us, it wasn't good."

Video: ARI@MIN: Parise nets backhander for power-play goal

Fiala backhanded a pass from Parise to make it 1-0 at 14:39 of the first period. Fiala has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past six games.

"The chemistry's getting better and better," Fiala said. "Confidence is high right now, so I just have to keep it going."

Garland tied it 1-1 at 5:04 of the second period after Nick Schmaltz intercepted Dubnyk's pass from behind the net.

Video: ARI@MIN: Garland pots Schmaltz feed after turnover

Parise made it 2-1 at 5:39 of the third period with a power-play goal, backhanding a feed from Mikko Koivu.

Crouse made it 2-2 at 7:32.

Greenway put the Wild ahead 3-2 at 12:11 after Minnesota defenseman Jonas Brodin's shot from the left point deflected off Arizona defenseman Aaron Ness and went in off Greenway.

"Look at their goals," Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski said. "… There's such small margin for error. We made too many of them tonight. We probably didn't deserve to win the game."

Video: ARI@MIN: Fiala lifts shot upstairs on second chance

 

They said it

"I don't think anything's really missing. I just think we've got to get better. We're at the quarter point. If we keep getting better every day and come to work and do our job, then we should be fine." -- Coyotes forward Conor Garland

"There's winnable games in the sense where we're giving points away. But listen, it's been a good 20 [games], but there's a little bit more there; we need more from some guys. We need some people to make some plays for us at the right time. For the most part, it's been a pretty consistent effort from the guys." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

"It seems like when we win, it's not a runaway win. So we have to learn how to play those type of games. I think at the beginning of the year, we didn't know them at all. You could go to games that in the third period they'd rattle off two or three goals. But hopefully we're getting better at it and gaining experience at it. Maybe it comes with the lines staying fairly the same for a while. We'll see." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

 

Need to know

The Coyotes had a six-game road point streak (5-0-1) end. … Seven of Arizona's nine losses have been by one goal (0-5-2). … Garland leads the Coyotes with nine goals and has scored in two straight games. … Parise scored his 59th power-play goal with the Wild, tying Marian Gaborik for second-most in their history, one shy of Koivu. … Greenway scored his first goal of the season.

 

What's next

Coyotes: Host the Calgary Flames on Saturday (4 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-A PLUS, SNF, NHL.TV)

Wild: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (2 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Video: Parise leads Wild past Coyotes, 3-2

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