SUNRISE,Fla. - Mikko Koivu, Stephane Veilleux and Brent Burns scored and the Minnesota Wild beat the Florida Panthers for the sixth straight time, 3-2 on Friday night.
It was the sixth loss in seven games for the Panthers. The Wild won their second straight after snapping a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win at Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Niklas Backstrom stopped 32 shots for Minnesota, which leads the Northwest Division.
Steve Montador and Nathan Horton scored for Florida and Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves.
The Panthers cut the lead to 3-2 on Horton's power-play goal at 6:02 of the third. David Booth passed across the front of the crease to Horton, who poked in the puck from the left side.
Minnesota took a 1-0 lead on Koivu's goal at 9:43 of the first. The Panthers turned the puck over in their own zone and the Wild had a three-on-one. Marian Gaborik passed from the right circle across to Koivu in the lower left circle. His wrist shot beat Vokoun.
The Panthers tied the score at 1 on Monatador's goal in the second. Montador beat defenceman Keith Carney to a loose puck in the left circle. His wrister went under Backstrom's pads at 5:34.
The Wild quickly reclaimed the lead. Veilleux grabbed the puck near the blue line and skated in on Vokoun. He faked a pass, then shot the puck over Vokoun's glove into the net at 7:54 to make the score 2-1.
Minnesota stretched its lead to 3-1 during a power play at 10:32 when Burns shot from the left circle beat Vokoun.
Notes: Newly acquired winger Chad Kilger might travel with the Panthers on Saturday for a two-game road trip. Kilger, who was traded to the Panthers from Toronto on Tuesday, is on a leave of absence for personal reasons. ... Florida's Bryan Allen (leg) was scratched and missed his second straight game. ... Minnesota's Gaborik picked up his first point in five games. ... Backstrom is 32-0-1 when going into the third period with the lead. ... Mark Parrish was scratched from Friday's game with the flu.