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Wild rally in 3rd period to beat Coyotes 3-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2014 at 11:55 pm •  Published: March 29, 2014
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — 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.

"We need to use this as a game we can kind of springboard something off of," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. "We've had enough games where there have been some bad feelings afterward. Let's use this as one that hopefully we can build something off of."

Phoenix nursed a 1-0 lead through two periods on Mikkel Boedker's early power-play goal, but the Coyotes went 24 minutes, 28 seconds without a shot.

After giving up five goals in each of its previous two games, Minnesota's defense was outstanding with Ilya Bryzgalov in net.

Parise tied it from the top of the circle off a faceoff 8:03 into the final period, and then came Jared Spurgeon's slap shot from the top of the right circle with 7:03 to play. Parise added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

The Coyotes would have moved ahead of Minnesota into seventh with a victory."

"We can't let them come out in the third and let them score two and an empty-net goal," Boedker said. "That's not how we do it around here, and obviously this was a good opportunity for us to jump up to seventh, but that's the way it goes."

The Wild pulled three points ahead of Phoenix for the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference. The Coyotes are just a point ahead of Dallas for the No. 8 spot. The Stars won at St. Louis 4-2 Saturday.

"It's going to be like that," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "It is why you can't get too high right now and you can't get too low. ... It's like a playoff series. You forget the one you just played and move on whether you won or lost."

Minnesota's win also clinched a playoff berth for the Chicago Blackhawks, the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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