The Wild overcome the Coyotes


Kirill Kaprizov had a goal and two assists to help the Minnesota Wild beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 at Xcel Energy Center.

Kaprizov thus extended his streak to nine games with at least one point, a personal best. The forward had 13 points (five goals, nine assists) during that streak.

Sam Steel, Jared Spurgeon and Matt Boldy were the other scorers and Joel Eriksson Ek had two assists for the Wild (10-9-2), which was the third win in its last four games. Marc-André Fleury stopped 20 of the 23 pucks aimed at him.

Nick Schmaltz, JJ Moser and Lawson Crouse backed the Coyotes (7-10-3), who have lost six of their last seven games. Connor Ingram made 24 saves.

Arizona made things interesting late in the game. Trailing 4-1, André Tourigny’s men scored twice within 1:30 to close the gap to just one goal.

Crouse first scored from the slot after a nice maneuver with the puck at 16:42, then Moser beat Fleury on the mitt side at 18:12 as the Coyotes attacked to six skaters.

Video: Kaprizov leads the Wild to victory

The Wild had given themselves a cushion early in the third period, captain Spurgeon hitting the target with the point after 33 seconds of play. Matt Boldy widened the gap to 4-1 by completing a superb cross pass from Kaprizov at 6: 33.

That same Kaprizov opened the scoring at 8:08 of the first period when he capitalized on Eriksson Ek’s pass near the net.

Steel made it 2-0 Wild at 4:01 in the second frame when he drove Kaprizov’s pitch return during a 4-on-4 play sequence.

Schmaltz got the Coyotes on the board at 6:36 on a nice trade. Schmaltz scored in a third straight game and has four points in four games since returning to the roster on Nov. 21.



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