ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Jordan Greenway had one goal and two assists, Kirill Kaprizov scored and Kaapo Kahkonen made 29 saves as the Minnesota Wild beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Joel Eriksson Ek, Jonas Brodin and Marcus Foligno also scored for Minnesota, which leads the NHL with 59 goals since Nov. 2. The Wild has won four games in a row and scored 19 goals in that period.
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“I just think we’ve got some depth scores that everyone produces,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “They mostly all play in the right way and in the same way, and if we do, we feel we will be able to score goals. Fortunately, we have, and fortunately everyone has. It is not a line. It’s not two guys. It’s not a defender. Everyone is involved in the offense. “
Clayton Keller and Anton Stralman scored for Arizona, which has lost three of four.
After rookie Karel Vejmelka made his first career shutout one night earlier in Winnipeg, Scott Wedgewood started in goal, stopping 32 shots for Arizona.
“We took steps in the right direction as we want to get better every day,” Coyote coach Andre Tourigny said. “It’s one of those days. I think we’ve gotten better today in a lot of things in our game and we have a lot of positives to build on.… Moral victories are sometimes overrated, but at the same time knew we that we did good things today. “
Keller got the Coyotes off to a strong start in the second game in back-to-back and opened the scoring 5:58 into the first. Phil Kessel sent over the castle to Keller, who had trouble controlling the pass. But Keller got control and fired a shot as he spun around and hit Kahkonen.
Minnesota responded with Eriksson Ek’s ninth goal of the season just over a minute later.
From then on, it was all Wild who scored three times in the second period.
“We recognized it during the break,” Foligno said of the team’s play in the first. “We knew it was not our style of play and we were clearly playing down to the opponent and it was not good. The only good thing about it is our team, we recognize that kind of thing and just talk about it and know it’s not good. We definitely played a better game in the second and third. “
Kaprizov’s shot from the spot deflected Arizona defender Ilya Lyubushkin to Kaprizov’s seventh goal of the season. He has four goals and 10 assists in the last seven games, which has led the NHL in scoring and assists in that period.
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Jordan Greenway tipped a shot home from the point to his first goal of the season, and Brodin fired a big shot to score with 2.9 seconds left of the second.
Stralman’s goal stopped Wild’s momentum, but Foligno responded less than two minutes later.
“We’ve just talked about it with all the lines contributing and hard to play against and hard on the puck,” Foligno said of Wilds’ play. “Not because you have a lot of friends in this league, but you know some guys on other teams, and after matches they say it’s a difficult team to play against. It’s really grueling and physical hockey. That’s what we’re expecting. “
Minnesota has won eight games in a row against Arizona, with each win coming with at least three goals.
TO TAKE THE POSITIVE
After a 0-10-1 start, Arizona had gone 5-5-1 in its previous 11 games. Coyotes had improved by limiting the opponents.
They had conceded two goals or less in seven of the previous nine games, but Minnesota’s high-scoring unit proved difficult to stop.
“I think you watch that match last night and we get the two points,” Stralman said. “We actually played a lot better tonight and we didn’t get the two points. It’s hockey.”
NOTE: Wild F Frederick Gaudreau was scratched and the team announced that he was on the COVID-19 protocol. Rookie D Calen Addison was active and played forward. … F Johan Larsson was back in the Arizona ranks after missing five games due to COVID-19. Andrew Ladd, who had played two games after missing six due to the COVID-19 protocol, was scratched. Alex Galchenyuk was also scratched after playing in nine games in a row. … Wild F Mats Zuccarello missed his second match with a hand injury.
Coyotes: Return home and take a short break before hosting Vegas on Friday.
Wild: Host New Jersey on Thursday as part of a five-game home game.
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