Hartman goal helps Wild rally past Coyotes
- The Minnesota Wild scored three consecutive goals for a 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday.
- Devan Dubnyk pulled off the ultimate desperation save, swinging the paddle behind him to swat the puck away from crossing the goal line.
- Ryan Hartman scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and Jared Spurgeon had two assists for the Wild (6-10-1), who were 1-3-1 in their previous five games.
“Obviously, we want to stop falling behind, but we’ve shown some great character, being able to come back and keep ourselves in the game,” Hartman said. “We tend to find our legs and when we do, we’re making some great plays.”
- Michael Grabner, Jakob Chychrun and Vinnie Hinostroza scored for the Coyotes (9-6-2), who twice failed to hold a two-goal lead.
- They are 0-2-1 during their first three-game winless streak of the season and have blown a lead in four consecutive games.
“We’ve got to buckle down here,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. “We’re in control of the game, and we just give them life. It’s an unfocused play here or there, and some individuals have to play better.”
- The Wild are 2-1-0 on a four-game road trip despite falling behind by 2-0 in the first period of all three games.
“You don’t want to fall behind and then be chasing the game all the time,” said Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk, who made 32 saves. “But for the most part we’ve been playing together. I think we recognize that, and we can still get wins, and in tough buildings.”
- Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper, who made 20 saves, had gone 23 games (all starts) without giving up four or more goals since allowing four in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on March 11.
“We have to realize we’re a really good team, but it takes more than being a good team to win,” Kuemper said. “You have to stay detailed, and it’s little things that make us successful. We get up a little bit, and it seems we get away from our game plan.”
NHL Highlights | Wild vs. Coyotes – Nov. 9, 2019
- The Coyotes were 0-for-3 on the power play and are 1-for-19 in their past six games (5.3 percent). …
- Koivu scored his 60th power-play goal, passing Marian Gaborik for the most in Wild history. …
- Minnesota forward Luke Kunin was out with an illness …
- Arizona plays back-to-back road games Monday and Tuesday against the past two Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues. …
- Grabner has four points (two goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak.
Sources & Credits: Alan Robinson / NHL.com, MIN Wild, ARI Coyotes