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Wild blow third-period lead but beat Panthers

Dan Myers  - NHL.com Correspondent | Friday, 11.15.2013 / 11:43 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Charlie Coyle's goal with 8:22 remaining in regulation enabled the Minnesota Wild to survive a third-period letdown and escape with a 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

First-period goals by Zach Parise and Jason Pominville put the Wild up 2-0 after 20 minutes and seemingly on their way to an easy victory. But after a scoreless second period, the Panthers came out rolling in the third, getting goals by Tomas Kopecky and Jonathan Huberdeau less than six minutes apart to knot the game at 2-2.

Florida continued its third-period push until Mikko Koivu dug out a loose puck in the corner and found Coyle on the doorstep with a pinpoint pass. Coyle beat Tim Thomas for his second goal of the season to put the Wild ahead to stay.

Josh Harding made 22 saves for the Wild, now 12-4-4 overall and 9-1-2 at Xcel Energy Center. Thomas stopped 17 shots for the Panthers (4-12-4).

Minnesota went ahead 1-0 at 4:59 of the first, taking advantage of great puck movement from its top power-play unit. Pominville hit Koivu with a cross-zone pass at the right circle and he fired a slap pass to Parise at the top of the crease. Parise tipped the puck past Thomas for his 10th of the season.

Pominville made it 2-0 at 13:38 when he took a nice cross-slot pass from Jared Spurgeon and flipped the puck top-shelf for his team-leading 12th of the season.

Florida outshot Minnesota 9-5 in the second but didn't seriously threaten until early in third when Kopecky took a pass from Jesse Winchester, whose aggressive forecheck caused the Wild to cough up the puck in their own zone, and beat Harding five-hole at 3:31 for his first of the season.

The Panthers tied it at 8:59 when Huberdeau gobbled up a loose puck in the slot and rifled it past Harding for his fourth of the season.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:59MIN PPG - Zach Parise (10) ASST: Mikko Koivu (12), Jason Pominville (4) 1 - 0 MIN
13:38MIN Jason Pominville (12) ASST: Jared Spurgeon (6), Nino Niederreiter (8) 2 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
03:31FLA Tomas Kopecky (1) ASST: Jesse Winchester (4) 2 - 1 MIN
08:59FLA Jonathan Huberdeau (4) ASST: Nick Bjugstad (4) 2 - 2 Tie
11:38MIN Charlie Coyle (2) ASST: Mikko Koivu (13), Ryan Suter (12) 3 - 2 MIN
Three Stars of the Game
Jason Pominville
1st
Jason Pominville
RW
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:24
Jared Spurgeon
2nd
Jared Spurgeon
D
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:52
Mikko Koivu
3rd
Mikko Koivu
C
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 20:45
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:19FLA Brad Boyes  Roughing against  Marco Scandella
10:01MIN Zach Parise  Slashing against  Mike Weaver
16:47FLA Tom Gilbert  Slashing against  Mikael Granlund
2nd Period
05:09FLA Nick Bjugstad  Holding against  Jared Spurgeon
12:37MIN Zach Parise  Tripping against  Brad Boyes
18:18MIN Mikko Koivu  Tripping against  Jonathan Huberdeau
3rd Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodFLAMIN
1st310
2nd95
3rd125
Total2420
Team Stats
CategoryFLAMIN
Power Plays0/31/3
Hits1413
Faceoff Wins2527
Giveaways26
Takeaways77
Blocked Shots812
Penalty Minutes66
  • FLORIDA
  • MINNESOTA
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
7D. KulikovD0000015:01
11J. HuberdeauL1011017:53
14T. FleischmannL0012019:21
16A. BarkovC0000016:50
17J. WinchesterC0103015:22
18S. MatthiasC00-1109:57
19S. UpshallR0002019:02
20S. BergenheimL00-1006:37
21K. BarchR00-1206:36
22M. MottauD0000016:09
24B. BoyesR0000214:35
27N. BjugstadC0111219:03
43M. WeaverD0000015:19
44E. GudbransonD0003021:35
51B. CampbellD0001028:20
57M. GocC0001015:07
77T. GilbertD0002223:49
82T. KopeckyR1005016:07
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
34T. Thomas1720.85058:37
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3C. CoyleC1002017:59
4C. StonerD0002013:19
6M. ScandellaD0010018:26
9M. KoivuC0201220:45
11Z. PariseL1004419:34
14J. FontaineR0000011:34
15D. HeatleyL00-11010:15
17T. MitchellC00-1009:51
20R. SuterD01-10026:49
21K. BrodziakC0000015:47
22N. NiederreiterR0112013:44
24M. CookeL0001016:42
25J. BrodinD00-11025:38
28Z. KonopkaC00-1007:41
29J. PominvilleR1112017:24
39N. ProsserD0000012:54
46J. SpurgeonD0112019:52
64M. GranlundC0012015:46
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
37J. Harding2224.91760:00