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Wild erupt, double up Coyotes

Jan 14, 2009 - 4:43 AM
By Brian Hall PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- Minnesota's struggling offense got a boost from a pair of fast goals as the Wild continued their dominance of the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.

Owen Nolan, Andrew Brunette, Mikko Koivu and rookie Cal Clutterbuck each had a goal and an assist and Niklas Backstrom made 21 saves as the Wild returned home with a 6-3 victory against Phoenix.

Marc-Andre Bergeron scored in his return to the lineup and James Sheppard added another goal as Minnesota won for the 12th time in the past 14 contests between the clubs.

"Yeah, six goals, we don't get that too often," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "It's nice. And you know what? We needed them. It's a good win. We still have a lot of work to do before the break. We'll try to stay focused and play the best we can."

The Wild scored 46 seconds into the first period and 34 seconds into the third in beating the Coyotes for the seventh straight time in Minnesota.

Joakim Lindstrom, Olli Jokinen and Steven Reinprecht scored and Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 28 saves for the Coyotes.

"I've said this before, if you're not willing to pay the price, you're not going to be successful at this level," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We had too many guys that tried to play outside. They played hard and they played harder than we did. And you're just not going to be successful that way at this level by cutting corners.

"Winning's hard. It's not easy to win. That's why only 22 guys every year get their name on the Stanley Cup. It's hard to win. When we play well, we play the right way. When we lose, we try to cheat the game. You can't cheat the game."

After missing 10 games with a lower-body injury, Bergeron quickly made his presence felt by driving a slap shot past Bryzgalov in the first minute of the game. The goal was the boost the offensively challenged Wild needed. They entered the game with 100 goals scored, the second-lowest total in the league.

Just as significant is all six goals came at even-strength. The Wild, who were 0-for-4 on the power-play, entered the game tied for seventh in the league with the man advantage, but had struggled to score in 5-on-5 situations.

"We've been struggling, obviously," Brunette said. "At times, I think the way we play within the team structure, we get a little passive. If you look at the games we've played well, San Jose and some of those other games, our first guy on the puck was aggressive and we were able to move up ice a little bit more and sustain a little more pressure. I think when we're at our best, our first guy on the puck is real important."

With Minnesota leading, 3-1, to start the third, Koivu quickly made it a three-goal cushion with his team-leading 12th goal, but only second in 17 games.

"It brings the confidence always, and I think it gets a little easier to make the plays as well when we get rewarded every once in a while," Koivu said. "So, it's good for us and it's good that different guys got goals tonight."

However, Phoenix had a quick answer as Jokinen poked a rebound past Backstrom for his 15th of the season, making it a 4-2 game just 22 seconds after Koivu's tally.

Each of the quick starts for the Wild would lead to more.

Nolan's 10th of the season came 5:08 into the first and Brunette added his 11th at 5:44 of the second as Minnesota led 3-0.

Lindstrom's fifth of the season stopped Minnesota's run, but Koivu got things going again in the third.

"We got it close, and I thought we had the momentum at the time," Lindstrom said. "We made some mistakes and that's the hockey game right there. We can't really make mistakes."

After Jokinen scored, Reinprecht came off the bench to blast a slap shot past Backstrom and make it a 4-3 game.

"I didn't think we panicked at all," Koivu said. "Obviously, that's a good sign. Overall, it was a good game for us and we need to keep doing that, especially at home."

The surprising Wild offense then put the game away.

Clutterbuck broke in and sent the puck high past Bryzgalov for his fifth of the season, and Sheppard converted a rebound chance for his third of the campaign.

"We made too many mistakes," Phoenix All-Star Shane Doan said. "You know what type of game they are going to play. They are going to play a very patient game. We make too many mistakes, and they are going to capitalize."






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    Coyotes 3, Wild 6  FinalJan 13 10:57 PM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 0 1 2 3
    MINNESOTA 2 1 3 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - MARC-ANDRE BERGERON 4 (ANTTI MIETTINEN, MAREK
    ZIDLICKY) 0:46
    MIN - OWEN NOLAN 10 (ANDREW BRUNETTE, BRENT BURNS) 5:08
    2ND PRD: MIN - ANDREW BRUNETTE 11 (OWEN NOLAN, MIKKO KOIVU) 5:44
    PHO - JOAKIM LINDSTROM 5 (ST

    Jan 13 10:31 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 3
    MINNESOTA 6
    3RD PRD: MIN - JAMES SHEPPARD 3 (STEPHANE VEILLEUX, CAL CLUTTERBUCK)
    15:16

    Coyotes 3, Wild 6  3rd - 4:44Jan 13 10:22 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 3
    MINNESOTA 5
    3RD PRD: MIN - CAL CLUTTERBUCK 5 (KIM JOHNSSON, MAREK ZIDLICKY) 13:24

    Coyotes 3, Wild 5  3rd - 6:36Jan 13 10:18 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 3
    MINNESOTA 4
    3RD PRD: PHO - STEVEN REINPRECHT 9 (SHANE DOAN) 6:50

    Coyotes 3, Wild 4  3rd - 13:10Jan 13 10:05 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 2
    MINNESOTA 4
    3RD PRD: PHO - OLLI JOKINEN 15 (DAVID HALE) 0:56

    Coyotes 2, Wild 4  3rd - 19:04Jan 13 9:57 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 1
    MINNESOTA 4
    3RD PRD: MIN - MIKKO KOIVU 12 (ANTTI MIETTINEN) 0:34

    Coyotes 1, Wild 4  3rd - 19:26Jan 13 9:56 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 0 1 1
    MINNESOTA 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - MARC-ANDRE BERGERON 4 (ANTTI MIETTINEN, MAREK
    ZIDLICKY) 0:46
    MIN - OWEN NOLAN 10 (ANDREW BRUNETTE, BRENT BURNS) 5:08
    2ND PRD: MIN - ANDREW BRUNETTE 11 (OWEN NOLAN, MIKKO KOIVU) 5:44
    PHO - JOAKIM LI

    Jan 13 9:35 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 1
    MINNESOTA 3
    2ND PRD: PHO - JOAKIM LINDSTROM 5 (STEVEN REINPRECHT, SHANE DOAN) 8:33

    Coyotes 1, Wild 3  2nd - 11:27Jan 13 9:16 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 0
    MINNESOTA 3
    2ND PRD: MIN - ANDREW BRUNETTE 11 (OWEN NOLAN, MIKKO KOIVU) 5:44

    Coyotes 0, Wild 3  2nd - 14:16Jan 13 9:08 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 0 0
    MINNESOTA 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - MARC-ANDRE BERGERON 4 (ANTTI MIETTINEN, MAREK
    ZIDLICKY) 0:46
    MIN - OWEN NOLAN 10 (ANDREW BRUNETTE, BRENT BURNS) 5:08
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHO 5

    Jan 13 8:41 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 0
    MINNESOTA 2
    1ST PRD: MIN - OWEN NOLAN 10 (ANDREW BRUNETTE, BRENT BURNS) 5:08

    Coyotes 0, Wild 2  1st - 14:52Jan 13 8:19 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 0
    MINNESOTA 1
    1ST PRD: MIN - MARC-ANDRE BERGERON 4 (ANTTI MIETTINEN, MAREK ZIDLICKY)
    0:46

    Coyotes 0, Wild 1  1st - 19:14Jan 13 8:12 PM