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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 4, Coyotes 3

Minnesota rallies from two goals down to win Saturday night at Gila River Arena

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday night:

1. Minnesota kept its pedal to the offensive metal. 

After scoring nine goals in the first two games of its four-game road trip, the Wild added four more on Tuesday, especially impressive considering the man between the posts on the other side. Old friend Darcy Kuemper has been one of the great stories of the NHL this season, entering the game with a 1.82 goals-against average (first in the League) and a .937 save percentage (second-best). 

With the game tied at 3-3 headed to the third, Ryan Hartman got some sweet retribution in the form of the game-winning goal off an excellent pass from Jared Spurgeon. 

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

Hartman was assessed a game misconduct on Thursday after a controversial slashing major in the third period of a game against San Jose with the Wild in the midst of a comeback that fell one goal short. 

Devan Dubnyk made the goal stand up, finishing with 32 saves to get the best of his former creasemate. 


2. Kevin Fiala's second-period goal turned the momentum.

With the Wild down 3-1 in the middle period, it was Fiala that helped get the Wild back in the game, showing some nifty hands in tight when he gathered in a Brad Hunt rebound, worked a quick backhand-forehand move to get the puck around Kuemper and in to make it a one-goal game.

Video: MIN@ARI: Fiala dances around Kuemper, scores

Fiala now has a goal in three of his past four games and a point in four-straight contests.

Six minutes later, and with less than a minute remaining in the second, Matt Dumba knotted things back up at 3-3 when he rifled a shot into the top corner for his second goal of the season. 

The goal marked a heck of a turn of events for Minnesota, which moments earlier, saw Vinnie Hinostroza bank a breakaway shot off the post, a goal which would have been an absolute backbreaker.

Video: MIN@ARI: Dumba unloads slap shot past Kuemper

Instead, the Wild came back the other way and Jason Zucker worked the puck back to Dumba near the right point for the tying salvo. 


3. The Wild played the game down a couple of forwards up front.

Minnesota had an inkling on Friday that it'd be without Marcus Foligno, who left the game Thursday in San Jose with a lower-body injury.

But the team also got a bit of a surprise on Saturday when it was revealed that Luke Kunin would also not play because of illness. 

With both players out and no extra players up front, defenseman Nick Seeler was tasked with taking shifts up front. His absence was a real shame for the Wild and for Kunin, who was coming off one of his strongest games yet in San Jose. 

The Wild won't play again until Tuesday in Los Angeles, so both Foligno and Kunin will have some time to rest up and get back.

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