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Coyotes allow eight to Wild, lose first with Hall

Wild score four in second, third for win; Arizona forward has assist, Kuemper injured

by Alan Robinson / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Zuccarello smacks the puck in

MIN@ARI: Zuccarello scores on Staal's perfect pass

Mats Zuccarello gets a perfect pass from Eric Staal in front of the net and knocks the puck in, pushing the Wild's lead to 6-4 in the 3rd

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Taylor Hall had an assist in his home debut for the Arizona Coyotes, an 8-5 loss to the Minnesota Wild at Gila River Arena on Thursday.

Mats Zuccarello, Marcus Foligno and Eric Staal each had a goal and two assists for the Wild (17-14-5), who had eight goal scorers.

"We were able to be resilient and come away with eight goals," Minnesota forward Ryan Hartman said. "It's pretty impressive."

 

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Jakob Chychrun scored two power-play goals for the Coyotes (20-13-4), who are 1-4-0 in their past five home games. Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves before being helped off the ice with a lower-body injury with 3:08 remaining.

"That was like an August game for us, a preseason game," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "We were very loose. I don't know if it was home-itis, but some guys were really struggling to play the right way."

Video: MIN@ARI: Hartman splits the defense, buries the puck

Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves in his first start for Minnesota since Nov. 16. He has been dealing with off-ice issues relating to his wife's health.

"I didn't know we were going to get eight (goals), and I just tried to stay calm," Dubnyk said. "I felt good and comfortable again, so I'm not going to start changing what I was doing. And we just responded every single time."

The Wild, who lost their previous two games, took a 4-2 lead with four second-period goals. The teams combined for five goals in the first 5:23 of the third period.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored at 48 seconds to get Arizona within 4-3, and Chychrun's second goal of the game tied it 4-4 at 3:22.

"They tied it up, bang bang, and that kind of swings the momentum to them, but we came back again and that shows we can answer," Hartman said.

Video: MIN@ARI: Ekman-Larsson blasts a shot from long range

Brad Hunt gave the Wild a 5-4 lead at 4:22 with a bad-angle shot from along the goal line, and Zuccarello made it 6-4 at 4:57. Clayton Keller's goal at 5:23 made it 6-5 before Ryan Suter restored a two-goal lead at 7-5 at 11:16. Luke Kunin's empty-net goal with nine seconds remaining made it 8-5.

"It's just disappointing," Chychrun said. "We were playing well, but we let them outwork us. It's that simple."

Arizona took a 1-0 lead when Hall set up Phil Kessel at 16:14 of the first period. Hall had an assist in his Coyotes debut Tuesday, a 3-2 win at the San Jose Sharks one day after being traded by the New Jersey Devils.

Video: MIN@ARI: Kessel sends puck through Dubnyk's five-hole

Ryan Donato tied it 1-1 at 2:00 of the second period, and Foligno scored 1:25 later to make it 2-1.

"It's stressful with these high-scoring games. Frustrating, but also rewarding," Foligno said. "Obviously that's not an ideal win for us, but we were able to find a way to get two points."

After Chychrun scored to tie it 2-2 at 9:46, Hartman put the Wild up 3-2 at 11:11, and Staal's fifth goal during a five-game point streak pushed it to 4-2 at 18:15.

"The goals against were what they were, but [Dubnyk] still made some incredible saves out there," Hartman said. "It was just one of those things where you just want to get through it and win it for him."

Video: MIN@ARI: Chychrun fires shot to the top-left corner

The Coyotes said they expect to know more about Kuemper's injury Friday. His 1.97 goals-against average coming into the game was second in the NHL behind Tristan Jarry of the Pittsburgh Penguins (1.85).

"It was a tough one (injury) to watch, but I'm taking the positive road," Tocchet said. "I've seen things that looked bad and the next day weren't as bad. That's what we're hoping."

 

They said it

"We get behind, we get above, they tie it up in the third. They have all the crowd going crazy and then we come right back and get two more. I think that's pretty special resiliency for this group." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

"We had our chances but we had no defensive conscience. It's uncharacteristic stuff. Maybe it's the (post-trade) buzz around here, that all of a sudden we're going to become the Harlem Globetrotters. It's frustrating, but it's a good lesson for us." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

Video: MIN@ARI: Chychrun sends the puck through traffic

 

Need to know

Boudreau (557-293-113) passed Marc Crawford for 22nd place in NHL wins. ... The Wild swept the three-game season series, winning twice here. ... Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon played 22:37 after missing seven games with a broken hand. ... Coyotes forward Conor Garland (upper body) was scratched. ... Arizona is 2-5-1 in its past eight home games.

 

What's next

Wild: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (2 p.m. ET; SN, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: At the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-D, FS-A, FS-A Plus, NHL.TV)

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