G Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves and RW Radim Vrbata and C Martin Hanzal each recorded a goal and an assist, as the Phoenix Coyotes snapped the Minnesota Wild’s nine-game home points streak, 3-2, in front of 18,178 at Xcel Energy Center. RW Martin Havlat had a goal and an assist and LW Guillaume Latendresse
added a goal for Minnesota, now 8-1-1 in its last 10 at home. The Wild plays game four of a five-game homestand Friday against Atlanta at 7 p.m.
LW Guillaume Latendresse
scored his 19th goal this season – 17th in 34 games with the Wild. Latendresse, who has three goals in his last four games overall, has scored 11 goals in 18 games this season at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota fell to 14-3-1 at home with Latendresse in the lineup. Latendresse has 28 points (19-9=28) in 57 games this season between Minnesota and Montreal – one off his career-high of 29 points (16-13=29), set in 80 games in his rookie 2006-07 season with the Canadiens.
RW Martin Havlat scored his 14th goal of the season – third in his last three games.
D Marek Zidlicky notched his 30th assist this season – tying his own team record for helpers by a defenseman, set last season. Zidlicky, who assist tonight marked the 200th of his career, leads all Wild defensemen this season with 34 points (4-30=34). Zidlicky has 16 points (1-15=16) in his last 23 games.
G Niklas Backstrom
, sidelined since Jan. 23, made 28 saves in his return to the ice.
Minnesota lost at home in regulation for the first time since a 5-3 decision to New Jersey on Jan. 2. That included two separate four-game home winning streaks. A point tonight would have tied the team record for points in consecutive home games in one season.
The Wild has scored first in seven of its last eight games. This comes after a stretch where the Wild allowed the first goal in 24 of 32 games. Minnesota fell to 17-6-1 when scoring first.
Minnesota went 0-4-0 this season against Phoenix, the first time in team history the Wild has failed to earn a point versus the Coyotes.
The Wild fell to 19-10-4 in one-goal games. Phoenix has an NHL-best 21 (21-4-5) one-goal wins.