The Minnesota Wild went into Tuesday night knowing they would only need one more point to clinch a playoff berth in the Western Conference. The task would not come easy as the Boston Bruins, the defending Eastern Conference champions, were in town. Fortunately for the Wild, their play-off berth was solidified before the start of the third period. The Phoenix Coyotes lost their game in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3.
The Minnesota Wild were reeling. The Phoenix Coyotes were rolling. Then the teams met Saturday night and everything turned around. Zach Parise scored two of Minnesota’s three third-period goals and the Wild rallied to beat the Coyotes 3-1 on Saturday night in a game with important playoff implications.
Radim Vrbata scored two goals and Thomas Greiss made 28 saves to lead the Phoenix Coyotes over the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise missed Wednesday night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes due to an injured left foot. Parise suffered the injury on Monday night in St. Louis when he blocked a slap shot by Alexander Steen of the Blues.
The Minnesota Wild are grabbing attention for the right reasons — six straight wins will do that, as Phoenix arrives at the Xcel Energy Center for Wednesday night’s game.
Mike Smith stopped 21 shots, Lauri Korpikoski and Martin Hanzal both scored, and the Phoenix Coyotes extended their point streak to five games with a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.
The Phoenix Coyotes have signed right wing Nick Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Dany Heatley’s best work isn’t usually saved for the shootout. The Phoenix Coyotes would have a tough time believing that.
Cam Barker scored 46 seconds into overtime after Pierre-Marc Bouchard tied it with 26 seconds left in regulation in the Minnesota Wild’s 6-5 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday.
Andrew Brunette scored his second goal on rare power-play conversion and the Minnesota Wild ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.