Wild take down Coyotes for fourth straight win
Jordan Greenway had a goal and two assists as Minnesota tops Arizona 5-2.
Jordan Greenway had a goal and two assists and Kirill Kaprizov and Jonas Brodin each had a goal and an assist to help lead the Minnesota Wild to their fourth straight win, 5-2, over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night in Saint Paul, Minn.
It was a career-best three-point game for Greenway, who entered the contest with just three assists this season. Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Foligno also scored goals and Ryan Hartman added a pair of assists for Minnesota, which has scored at least four goals in 11 of its last 14 games. Kaapo Kahkonen made 29 saves as the Wild won for the eighth straight time against the Coyotes.
Clayton Keller had a goal and an assist and Anton Stralman also scored for Arizona, which was playing the second game of a back-to-back that began with a 1-0 victory at Winnipeg on Monday. Scott Wedgewood finished with 32 saves.
Keller gave Arizona a 1-0 lead at the 5:58 mark of the first period with a spinning shot from the right circle that went through defenseman Jon Merrill's legs and in off the far post for his sixth goal of the season.
Minnesota came right back to tie it 68 seconds later when Eriksson Ek tapped in a rebound of a Dmitry Kulikov shot into a wide-open left side of the net for his ninth goal of the season.
The Wild then took control of the game with three goals in the second period to build a 4-1 lead. Kaprizov made it 2-1 with a spinning shot from near the blue line that went under the crossbar past a surprised Wedgewood for his seventh goal of the season.
Greenway then netted his first goal of the season, deflecting in a Merrill shot from the left point. Brodin followed with his third goal of the season with a slap shot from the right point through traffic with just four seconds to go in the period.
Arizona cut it to 4-2 early in the third period on Stralman's one-timer from the right point. But Minnesota answered less than two minutes later when Foligno backhanded in a rebound of a Brodin slap shot for his ninth goal of the season.