EditorsNote: Fixed misspelling of Darcy Kuemper’s last name in later reference
Eric Staal and Mikael Granlund each scored their second goals of the season, and Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves as the Minnesota Wild beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 on Tuesday in Saint Paul, Minn.
Staal slipped the puck into an open net after a scramble in front of the goal at 6:18 of the third period following a hard shot by Ryan Suter for the winning goal in a game that featured strong play by goaltenders Dubnyk and Darcy Kuemper.
Brendan Perlini scored on a power play for the Coyotes, who are last in the league with three goals and have not scored an even-strength goal in five games this season. They have been shut out three times.
Dubnyk made a pad save on a point-blank shot by Oliver Ekman-Larsson to protect the Wild’s lead with seven minutes remaining.
Kuemper had 26 saves in his first start of the season. The Coyotes out-shot the Wild 32-28 and have out-shot their opponents in all five games this season.
Perlini scored on a power play at 13:12 of the first period for a 1-0 lead. Perlini skated in on the right side and flipped a wrist shot that glanced of Dubnyk’s left shoulder and into the top of the net from a severe angle on the right side.
Granlund tied the game at 1 at 3:40 of the second period, beating a partially screened Kuemper high on his glove side with a shot from high in the slot.
Kuemper kept the game tied with two sprawling saves in the second period, stopping Staal on a three-on-one break eight minutes into the period and denying Zach Parise from point-blank range with four minutes remaining.
The Wild played without center Mikko Koivu, whose wife went into labor Tuesday afternoon. Koivu has three assists and four points. They suited up only 11 forwards and were down to 10 when center Matt Hendricks left with an apparent left leg injury with 55.6 seconds remaining in the first period and did not return.
—Field Level Media