Wild Down Phoenix 4-1 - Match Report
Niklas Backstrom made 35 stops Saturday to lead the Wild over the Coyotes 4-1 at Jobing.com Arena.
Bettors who backed the Wild were rewarded as +130 underdogs at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go PUSH the closing total of 5.
Kyle Brodziak (2), Dany Heatley, and Mikko Koivu each scored for the Wild in the victory. Brodziak opened the scoring for Minnesota, finding the back of the net at 2:08 of the first period. The goal was assisted by Pierre-Marc Bouchard.
Niklas Backstrom turned in a 35-save effort for the Wild.
Lauri Korpikoski scored for the Coyotes, finding the net behind Niklas Backstrom.
Mike Smith stopped 16 of 20 shots for the Coyotes, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.
Minnesota scored 3 times on 4 chances on the power play, while Phoenix went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
Minnesota lost the shots on goal battle to Phoenix by a margin of 36-20.
Minnesota looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Jets. The Coyotes will aim to get back on the winning track at Anaheim.