Pho 1 1 1 3
Min 0 0 1 1
Date of game: 11/27/2013

Recap: Minnesota vs. Phoenix

St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Radim Vrbata lit the lamp twice as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Minnesota Wild, 3-1, at Xcel Energy Center.

Mikkel Boedker added the other goal and Derek Morris had two assists in the win. Thomas Greiss made 28 saves as the Coyotes snapped a three-game losing streak.

"We lost three in a row and if you let it slide, you will be behind. We wanted to make sure we got those two points tonight," said Vrbata on the win.

Dany Heatley notched Minnesota's only goal halfway through the third with Nino Niederreiter and Kyle Brodziak picking up the assists. Niklas Backstrom made 23 saves for Minnesota, which saw its six-game home winning streak come to an end.

"It's tough no matter who you are playing, let alone a solid, defensive- structured team like Phoenix. You get yourself in a hole, 2-0, it's tough in this league to battle back," said Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard.

The Wild were dominant at home, going 10-1-2 before facing the Coyotes.

Shane Doan was not expected to play after leaving Monday's game against Nashville with a lower-body injury, but the captain was in the lineup for the Coyotes.

Doan shoveled a pass through the neutral zone up to Boedker, who faked the pass and fired a well-placed shot over the glove of Backstrom to give Phoenix the lead 8:12 into the first.

Tim Kennedy slipped a pass from the right corner to Vrbata, who quickly wristed a shot at 3:42 of the second.

Minnesota was without the help of Zach Parise, who is expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks with a foot contusion after blocking a shot against St. Louis on Monday.

The Wild did not get on the board until 10:02 of the third when Heatley drove a rebound into the back of the net. Niederreiter took a shot from the blue line that bounced off the helmet of Greiss and to a waiting Heatley.

Backstrom was pulled with 30 seconds remaining and Vrbata found the back of the empty net on the power play.

Game Notes

Phoenix is now 6-0-2 with an eight-game point streak at Xcel Energy Center over the past four seasons ... Ballard returned to the lineup after missing nine games with an upper-body injury ... Minnesota will host Colorado on Friday, while Phoenix will play Chicago at home on Saturday.

FCS Top 25 Roundup - Week 1

No team left out of the FCS playoffs last season may have had a better argument for an at-large bid than Chattanooga.

NASCAR News
Stewart set to return to racing at Atlanta

After missing the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, Tony Stewart is expected to return to competition this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Extra Points: Two wrongs don't make a right for Goodell

The fact that we look to Roger Goodell and the NFL to take the lead on any number of social issues should say more about us as a society than the commissioner or the league he lords over.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.