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Game Recap

Wild blow third-period lead but beat Panthers

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 10:43 PM

Dan Myers - Correspondent

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Wild blow third-period lead but beat Panthers
Florida Panthers 2, Minnesota Wild 3
Three Stars of the Game
Jason Pominville
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:24
Jared Spurgeon
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:52
Mikko Koivu
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 20:45

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
PPG - Zach Parise (10) ASST: Mikko Koivu (12), Jason Pominville (4)
1 - 0 MIN
Jason Pominville (12) ASST: Jared Spurgeon (6), Nino Niederreiter (8)
2 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
3rd Period
Tomas Kopecky (1) ASST: Jesse Winchester (4)
2 - 1 MIN
Jonathan Huberdeau (4) ASST: Nick Bjugstad (4)
2 - 2 Tie
Charlie Coyle (2) ASST: Mikko Koivu (13), Ryan Suter (12)
3 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
Brad Boyes  Roughing against  Marco Scandella
Zach Parise  Slashing against  Mike Weaver
Tom Gilbert  Slashing against  Mikael Granlund
2nd Period
Nick Bjugstad  Holding against  Jared Spurgeon
Zach Parise  Tripping against  Brad Boyes
Mikko Koivu  Tripping against  Jonathan Huberdeau
3rd Period
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
SA: 20TOI: 58:37
Saves: 17EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .850SH: 0 - 0
Josh Harding
Josh Harding
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
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