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Wild edge Coyotes for sixth straight win

Mar 21, 2007 - 3:07 AM
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- Some last-minute heroics established a club record for the Minnesota Wild.

Pavol Demitra and Marian Gaborik each had a goal and an assist as the Wild edged the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2, to extend their winning streak to a franchise-record seven games.

Todd White added a power-play goal and rookie goaltender Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves for Minnesota, which jumped over Dallas and San Jose into fifth place in the Western Conference.

The Wild also moved within one point of Vancouver for the lead in the Northwest Division.

All three Minnesota goals came in the final minute of the first two periods.

Demitra set the tone when he whipped a rebound of Gaborik's shot past netminder Curtis Joseph with seven seconds left in the opening session for a 1-0 lead.

It looked like that score would hold up until White and Gaborik scored 20 seconds apart - at 19:17 and 19:37 - at the end of the second period for a 3-0 lead.

The Wild needed the cushion as Phoenix, the worst team in the Western Conference, closed to 3-2 on a pair of power-play tallies 2:41 apart by Niko Kapanen and Bill Thomas midway through the third.

The Coyotes outshot the Wild, 14-5, in the final session but could not get the equalizer past Backstrom, who posted his six consecutive victory.

Joseph stopped 23 shots for Phoenix, which tumbled to its fourth straight defeat.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 0 0 2 2
    MINNESOTA 1 2 0 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - PAVOL DEMITRA 24 (MARIAN GABORIK, WES WALZ) 19:53
    2ND PRD: MIN - (PP) TODD WHITE 13 (PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD, MIKKO KOIVU)
    19:17
    MIN - MARIAN GABORIK 26 (PAVOL DEMITRA, KURTIS FOSTER) 19:37
    3RD PRD: PHO - (PP) NIKO

    Mar 20 10:35 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 2
    MINNESOTA 3
    3RD PRD: PHO - (PP) BILL THOMAS 5 (TRAVIS ROCHE, NIKO KAPANEN) 10:34

    Coyotes vs. WildMar 20 10:18 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 1
    MINNESOTA 3
    3RD PRD: PHO - (PP) NIKO KAPANEN 6 (BRENDAN BELL, SHANE DOAN) 7:53

    Coyotes vs. WildMar 20 10:12 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 0 0 0
    MINNESOTA 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - PAVOL DEMITRA 24 (MARIAN GABORIK, WES WALZ) 19:53
    2ND PRD: MIN - (PP) TODD WHITE 13 (PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD, MIKKO KOIVU)
    19:17
    MIN - MARIAN GABORIK 26 (PAVOL DEMITRA, KURTIS FOSTER) 19:37
    SHOTS ON GO

    Mar 20 9:41 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 0
    MINNESOTA 3
    2ND PRD: MIN - MARIAN GABORIK 26 (PAVOL DEMITRA, KURTIS FOSTER) 19:37

    Coyotes vs. WildMar 20 9:40 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 0
    MINNESOTA 2
    2ND PRD: MIN - (PP) TODD WHITE 13 (PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD, MIKKO KOIVU)
    19:17

    Coyotes vs. WildMar 20 9:36 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 0 0
    MINNESOTA 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - PAVOL DEMITRA 24 (MARIAN GABORIK, WES WALZ) 19:53
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHO 8 8
    MIN 10 10
    GOALIES: PHO - CURTIS JOSEPH
    MIN

    Mar 20 8:45 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 0
    MINNESOTA 1
    1ST PRD: MIN - PAVOL DEMITRA 24 (MARIAN GABORIK, WES WALZ) 19:53

    Coyotes vs. WildMar 20 8:45 PM