Niederreiter powers Wild over Coyotes for Minnesota's 18th win in 22 games
ST. PAUL, Minn.--Nino Niederreiter scored twice on the power play, including the game-winner with 7:06 left, to propel the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.
ST. PAUL, Minn.-Nino Niederreiter scored twice on the power play, including the game-winner with 7:06 left, to propel the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.
Niederreiter added an assist, and Eric Staal and Chris Stewart also scored as Minnesota won for the 18th time in 22 games. Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves for the Wild, who gave up a two-goal lead for the second game in a row to a team in the bottom three in the NHL in scoring.
Brendan Perlini, Jakob Chychrun and Jamie McGinn scored for Arizona, which has 12 of its past 15 games in regulation. Shane Doan added two assists for the Coyotes, and Louis Domingue stopped 21 of the 25 shots he faced.
Minnesota appeared ready to cruise against the worst-scoring team in the NHL when Staal scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season just 4:39 into the game.
Arizona was playing the second game of a back-to-back after losing 6-3 in Winnipeg on Wednesday, and its fifth in seven days. The weary Coyotes showed plenty enough legs against the Wild, who had surrendered a two-goal lead in a loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.
Perlini, Arizona's first-round draft choice in 2014, continued to add some scoring punch with his fourth goal in six games midway through the first period. The rookie forward has seven goals in his first 20 NHL games.
Niederreiter scored on the power play in the first to regain Minnesota's advantage and Stewart gave the Wild a 3-1 lead with a breakaway goal with 4:27 left in the second.
Chychrun answered just 23 seconds later with his second goal in as many games. McGinn's eighth of the season gave the Coyotes two goals in 30 seconds.
NOTES: Minnesota recalled D Mike Reilly from the American Hockey League on Thursday with D Jonas Brodin out at least a month with a broken hand. Reilly was scratched for Thursday's game, however, with D Nate Prosser joining the lineup after being scratched in nine of the previous 10 games. ... Arizona assigned F Anthony Duclair to Tucson of the AHL before the game. The team activated C Ryan White from injured reserve. He missed 11 games with a lower-body injury. ... The Coyotes were without C Martin Hanzal for a second straight game due to a family matter. ... Wild F Zach Parise was relegated to the third line with Erik Haula and Jordan Schroeder for the start of Thursday's game. Parise is sixth on the team with just eight goals this season to go with 12 assists, despite being second on the team in shots. Parise had four goals in his previous 21 games. ... Minnesota has lost consecutive games in regulation just once this season, Nov. 1 and 5.