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Coyotes end eight-game losing streak against Wild with 3-1 victory

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Olli Jokinen scored for the third time in two games since returning from a shoulder injury and the Phoenix Coyotes halted an eight-game losing streak against Minnesota with a 3-1 victory over the Wild on Thursday night.

Zbynek Michalek and Joakim Lindstrom also scored for the Coyotes, who have won four of five at home.

Phoenix had not beaten Minnesota since a 4-3 home victory on Nov. 14, 2006.

Antti Miettinen scored for the Wild, who have lost a season-high three straight while scoring just two goals.

The teams were 26.6 seconds away from a scoreless opening two periods when the Coyotes struck twice against Niklas Backstrom.

Michalek snapped the scoreless tie when he took a pass from Shane Doan just inside the blue-line, took one stride to his right and fired a shot over Backstrom's blocker.

Jokinen, who missed six games, made it 2-0 with 1.9 seconds left in the period when he capped a 3-on-1 break with a sweeping one-timer into the open right side of the net off a cross-ice pass from Peter Mueller.

Lindstrom scored a goal that at first was waved off by referee Don Koharski with 15:19 to go. Lindstrom chipped the puck over Backstrom's shoulder from the front of the crease. A video replay confirmed the goal. It was the first of the season for Lindstrom, who was acquired by Phoenix from Anaheim on Dec. 3.

Miettinen ended Ilya Bryzgalov's shutout bid with 11:35 left on a one-timer from the middle of the left circle.

Notes: Mikko Koivu became the sixth Wild player to record 100 career assists with the team, helping to set up Miettinen's goal. ... Backstrom lost for the first time in nine career games against the Coyotes. ... The Wild have won 11 of 13 meetings between the clubs. ... Wild LW Colton Gillies was active for only the second time in 11 games. ... Doan has 10 goals and nine assists in 30 career games against Minnesota. ... Wild forward Marian Gaborik didn't play and likely won't suit up for games at Los Angeles and Anaheim this weekend.

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