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Wild score two third-period goals to rally past Oilers

by Dan Myers

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Demoted to the fourth line in the second period against the Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle knew he needed to come through if he got a chance later in the game.

Coyle did just that midway through the third, scoring the game-winning goal at 9:26 in Minnesota's 4-3 victory at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

"I knew I had to come out better in the third. I know I wasn't playing my game," Coyle said. "Not a lot of pucks were going our way, so I got away from some things. You can't do that, so I just tried to respond, get back to my game and make something happen."

Coyle scored the game-winner 43 seconds after Ryan Suter's second goal of the night tied the game at 3-3.

Coyle, back on the third line with Thomas Vanek and Justin Fontaine, forced a turnover on the forecheck. The puck came to Vanek in the left circle, who fed a pass to Fontaine on the doorstep, but his one-timer went wide.

Coyle chased it down, cycled to Vanek behind the net then headed straight to the top of the crease. Vanek found Coyle with a pass near the top of the blue paint, and Coyle chipped it through goaltender Cam Talbot's five-hole for his third goal.

"I was trying to be patient because I knew they were scrambling after the chance [Fontaine] had," Vanek said. "I saw [Coyle] powering his way to the net, so I just tried laying it in there and give him a chance to put it in."

Yeo was coy afterward when asked whether he was sending Coyle a message by moving him down to the fourth line during the second period.

"Whether it was or it wasn't, I think the main thing is that he responded, and that's what you want from players," Yeo said. "You want players to have an edge and push back. I think he showed some pride, and the way he played the third period was really positive."

Suter and defenseman Marco Scandella scored to give the Wild a two-goal lead at 9:30 of the first period. Suter's shot from the top of the left circle went through traffic in front and beat Talbot to the glove side at 7:25 for his first of the season. Scandella's redirection in front came on a nice pass from Vanek along the right half-wall 2:05 later.

Edmonton (3-7-0), which has lost three in a row after a three-game winning streak, scored the next three goals.

Taylor Hall's shot from near the left post into an open net at 11:09 of the first got the Oilers within one before Iiro Pakarinen's wrist shot deflected off Wild defenseman Matt Dumba and past goalie Devan Dubnyk at 4:41 of the second, tying the game at 2-2.

Rookie defenseman Darnell Nurse gave the Oilers a 3-2 lead at 3:38 of the third, cruising into the Wild zone and ripping a slap shot that deflected off Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon's stick and over Dubnyk's glove. It was Nurse's first NHL goal.

"It was a special feeling to be able to score in this league. It's something you dream of as a kid," Nurse said. "I got it off quick, and it went to the right spot."

Five minutes later, Suter tied the game in front after Mikko Koivu's spinning shot from the right half-wall deflected off a stick in front to Suter on the backdoor.

"You could feel the air come out of the bench at that point," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "And the way it happened. They get the third one, they earned it. The fourth one, we gave them. It's happened too many times in in too many of our losses this year. Right now, we're not a strong enough team to be doing that."

It was Suter's first multigoal game since Jan. 14, 2014; he had two goals last season. Koivu's assist extended his point streak to seven games.

Dubnyk made a sprawling right-pad save on Connor McDavid with four minutes remaining, then made four saves over the final 52 seconds, when the Oilers had an extra attacker on the ice.

Dubnyk made 22 saves, and Talbot made 24.

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