Coyle scores winning goal to spark Wild
ST. PAUL - Right winger Charlie Coyle's hot streak continued at the perfect time for the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.
Coyle's goal late in the third period broke a 2-2 deadlock and lifted Minnesota to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.
Left winger Zach Parise scored and right winger Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist for the Wild (12-4-4), who have lost just once in regulation at home this season.
Right winger Tomas Kopecky and center Jonathan Huberdeau scored third-period goals for the Panthers (4-12-4), who battled back from a 2-0 deficit and got 17 saves from goalie Tim Thomas but fell to 1-8-1 on the road.
Florida 0 0 2 - 2
Minnesota 2 0 1 - 3
First period: 1, Minnesota, Parise 10 (Koivu, Pominville), 4:59 (pp). 2, Minnesota, Pominville 12 (Spurgeon, Niederreiter), 13:38.
Third period: 3, Florida, Kopecky 1 (Winchester), 3:31. 4, Florida, Huberdeau 4 (Bjugstad), 8:59. 5, Minnesota, Coyle 2 (Koivu, Suter), 11:38.
Shots on Goal - Florida 3-9-12 - 24. Minnesota 10-5-5 - 20.
Goalies: Florida, Thomas. Minnesota, Harding. A - 18,102 (17,954). T - 2:22.