GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Marcus Foligno scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.
Nino Niederreiter also scored and Eric Staal added an empty-netter to seal Minnesota’s fifth win in the last seven games. The Wild continued their hold on third place in the Central Division with 10 games to play in the regular season.
Devan Dubnyk, who spent 19 games with the Coyotes in the 2014-15 season, stopped 30 shots for his 200th career win.
Antti Raanta, back in net for the Coyotes after a six-game injury absence, finished with 28 saves. Clayton Keller scored the Coyotes’ only goal as they have lost back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 3 and 6.
Foligno’s eighth of the season came at 10:51 of the third. The Wild took advantage of an Arizona turnover behind Raanta’s net.
Staal scored with 18 seconds to play.
The game’s first power play produced the first goal. Niederreiter got the rebound of a saved shot by Matt Dumba and sent the puck past Raanta at 7:35 of the first. It was Niederreiter’s 17th and ended a stretch of four straight games in which the Wild failed to scored on power plays.
The Coyotes’ penalty-kill unit kept the Wild from scoring on Minnesota’s four other power plays for the game.
Keller tied it at 4:03 of the second as he broke free with the puck off a blocked shot by teammate Richard Panik, and put in his 20th. Keller became the third Coyotes rookie in franchise history to reach 20 goals in a season.
Panik missed a chance to give Arizona the lead when Dubnyk saved his breakaway attempt at 13:58 of the second.
NOTES: Coyotes C Zac Rinaldo returned to action after eight games out with an upper body injury. … The Coyotes wore green warmup jerseys with a plaid pattern on the shoulders and arms in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. … Wild F Daniel Winnik, scratched for the first time this season on Thursday, was back in the lineup and assisted on Foligno’s goal. … Wild fans were at times the more vocal ones in the Coyotes’ building, chanting “Let’s Go Wild!” and “Dooobbb” for Dubnyk stops. . Dumba played in his 300th career NHL game.
Wild: Host Los Angeles on Monday night.
Coyotes: Host Calgary on Monday night.
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