Minnesota 4, Arizona 1

Saturday, December 10, 2011 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 20-7-2-1 10-4-1-0 10-3-1-1 W7
Arizona 15-11-1-2 6-6-1-1 9-5-0-1 L2


Kyle Brodziak collected his second two-goal game in five contests and Niklas Backstrom turned aside 35 shots as the Minnesota Wild skated to their seventh straight victory with a 4-1 road triumph over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.
Captain Mikko Koivu scored for the third time in as many games and Dany Heatley also tallied for NHL-leading Minnesota, which matched its longest winning streak since it won a franchise-best nine in a row in March 2007.
Brodziak opened the scoring 2:08 into the first period after backhanding a rebound off Pierre-Marc Bouchard's shot past Mike Smith.
After Koivu doubled the advantage with his 17th point in 12 games, Brodziak made the Coyotes pay for Martin Hanzal's hooking penalty by converting a wraparound at 11:43 of the second period. Brodziak, who also tallied twice versus the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 2, leads the Wild with 10 goals this season.
Backstrom, who was returning from a two-game absence with a groin injury, was denied his third shutout of the season and 25th career when Lauri Korpikoski scored with 3:57 remaining in the third period.
Smith finished with 16 saves for Phoenix, which fell to 7-3-1 in its last 11 games versus Minnesota.

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   Arizona
Kyle Brodziak 2 Points Lauri Korpikoski 1
Kyle Brodziak 2 Goals Lauri Korpikoski 1
Pierre-Marc Bouchard 2 Assists Shane Doan 1
Kyle Brodziak 2 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Niklas Backstrom .972 Save Percentage Mike Smith .800
Niklas Backstrom 35 Saves Mike Smith 16

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 20 4 3-4 4-4 8 19
Arizona 36 1 0-4 1-4 8 32

Upcoming Games

  • Arizona will play its next game on the road against Anaheim. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .692 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play its next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Wild have a W/L % of .737 after a win and .545 after a loss.
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