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Postgame Hat Trick: Coyotes 5, Wild 2

Arizona scores five unanswered goals to earn a split in the desert

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 5-2 loss against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday night:
 

1. A tale of two periods.

While the Wild rolled to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, Arizona came roaring back in the second ... and early in the second Lawson Crouse scored just 85 seconds in.

That set the tone, as Minnesota was never really able to get its feet under it. 

Arizona continued to apply pressure until Jakob Chychrun's tying salvo at 13:32. The Coyotes continued their push too, pinning Minnesota's fourth line on the ice for nearly three minutes at one point late in the second, but luckily for the Wild, its best player in the period was goaltender Cam Talbot, who stopped a pair of clean breakaways and limited the damage to just two goals.

Video: MIN@ARI: Talbot stops Fischer on shorthanded attempt

All season long, Arizona has been one of the worst first period teams (minus-14 goal differential entering play on Saturday), but has been able to rebound in the second (plus-11).


2. That momentum carried over to the third.

Playing for the sixth time in nine nights, the Wild simply had nothing left in the tank in third period.

Arizona picked up right where it left off in the second, scoring twice in the first seven minutes of the final frame. The Wild made a push after that; Zach Parise and Matt Dumba each hit a post over the next couple of minutes, but Minnesota just couldn't find the goal it needed to make it a one-goal game. 

Video: MIN@ARI: Dumba deposits opening goal on the doorstep

Former Minnesota State Maverick Tyler Pitlick, who scored the Coyotes' fourth goal, added the empty-net goal in the final minute to ice the game. 


3. Jordan Greenway scored with his own stick.

Just 24 hours after leading a breakaway moments after borrowing Ian Cole's stick - which Greenway described as a "2x4," he proved that his own sticks work just fine. 

Video: MIN@ARI: Greenway picks top shelf for goal off rush

After Matt Dumba made it 1-0 only 52 seconds earlier, Greenway led a 3-on-2 rush, skated towards the high slot and unleashed a shot through a Marcus Foligno screen and past Darcy Kuemper for his fifth goal of the season.

Greenway now has at least a point in five of the past six games and is up to 18 points on the season. Three of his five goals have come in the past four games. 

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