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Hartman goal helps Wild rally past Coyotes

Breaks tie in third period, Minnesota scores three unanswered

by Alan Robinson / Independent Correspondent

Hartman breaks the tie

MIN@ARI: Hartman beats Kuemper with heavy one-timer

Ryan Hartman tees up a one-timer from the slot that beats Darcy Kuemper to give the Wild a 4-3 lead in the 3rd period

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Minnesota Wild scored three consecutive goals for a 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

Ryan Hartman scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and Jared Spurgeon had two assists for the Wild (6-10-1), who were 1-3-1 in their previous five games. 

"Obviously, we want to stop falling behind, but we've shown some great character, being able to come back and keep ourselves in the game," Hartman said. "We tend to find our legs and when we do, we're making some great plays."


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Michael Grabner, Jakob Chychrun and Vinnie Hinostroza scored for the Coyotes (9-6-2), who twice failed to hold a two-goal lead. They are 0-2-1 during their first three-game winless streak of the season and have blown a lead in four consecutive games.

"We've got to buckle down here," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "We're in control of the game, and we just give them life. It's an unfocused play here or there, and some individuals have to play better."

The Wild are 2-1-0 on a four-game road trip despite falling behind by 2-0 in the first period of all three games.

"You don't want to fall behind and then be chasing the game all the time," said Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk, who made 32 saves. "But for the most part we've been playing together. I think we recognize that, and we can still get wins, and in tough buildings."

Video: NSH@MIN: Dubnyk alertly leaves net in a curious play

Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper, who made 20 saves, had gone 23 games (all starts) without giving up four or more goals since allowing four in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on March 11.

"We have to realize we're a really good team, but it takes more than being a good team to win," Kuemper said. "You have to stay detailed, and it's little things that make us successful. We get up a little bit, and it seems we get away from our game plan."

Hartman gave Minnesota its first lead at 4-3 with a one-timer off Spurgeon's pass at 4:54 of the third.

"They keep battling," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We haven't won as many as we'd like to, but the next day they build themselves back up and compete."

Grabner made it 1-0 when Aaron Ness' pass deflected off his right skate at 8:50 of the first.

Chychrun scored his second goal in as many games on a one-timer from the top of the slot to make it 2-0 at 12:40. 

Mikko Koivu's power-play goal on a rebound from the right face-off circle pulled Minnesota within 2-1 at 3:19 of the second.

Video: MIN@ARI: Koivu lifts home big rebound for PPG

"It was little frantic there at the start [of the game]," Koivu said. "The nice thing is for extended stretches we're showing what we can do and how we can play. So we want to put that together right from the start." 

Hinostroza's wrist shot from the left circle went between Wild defenseman Matt Dumba's legs and under the crossbar at 8:20 for a 3-1 Coyotes lead. 

Video: MIN@ARI: Hinostroza slings wrister past Dubnyk

Arizona also blew a 3-1 third-period lead Tuesday in a 4-3 overtime loss at the Calgary Flames.

"Every point matters, and we've got to get back on track here," Grabner said. "If you'd told us two, three weeks ago we'd have 3-1 leads and we're going to lose in regulation, I never would have believed [it]. So we've got to get back to the basics." 

Kevin Fiala scored on a rebound of Brad Hunt's slap shot to make it 3-2 at 13:04 of the second, and Dumba tied it 3-3 at 19:10.


They said it

"With this group, especially lately, the most important thing right now is you've got to keep it there (down two goals) and don't turn three goals into four. Work as hard as you can, and we've done a good job coming back." -- Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk on trailing in the first period

"We've still got a half-decent record, but we're just [giving] points away. You want to have these points in the bank. But we're just giving them away because of unfocused plays." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet


Need to know

The Coyotes were 0-for-3 on the power play and are 1-for-19 in their past six games (5.3 percent). ... Koivu scored his 60th power-play goal, passing Marian Gaborik for the most in Wild history. … Minnesota forward Luke Kunin was out with an illness … Arizona plays back-to-back road games Monday and Tuesday against the past two Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues. … Grabner has four points (two goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak.


What's next

Wild: At the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: At the Washington Capitals on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSWA, NHL.TV)

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