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game recap

Wild blow third-period lead but beat Panthers

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 11:43 PM

Dan Myers - NHL.com 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
1st
Jason Pominville
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:24
Jared Spurgeon
2nd
Jared Spurgeon
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:52
Mikko Koivu
3rd
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
04:59
MIN
PPG - Zach Parise (10) ASST: Mikko Koivu (12), Jason Pominville (4)
1 - 0 MIN
13:38
MIN
Jason Pominville (12) ASST: Jared Spurgeon (6), Nino Niederreiter (8)
2 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
03:31
FLA
Tomas Kopecky (1) ASST: Jesse Winchester (4)
2 - 1 MIN
08:59
FLA
Jonathan Huberdeau (4) ASST: Nick Bjugstad (4)
2 - 2 Tie
11:38
MIN
Charlie Coyle (2) ASST: Mikko Koivu (13), Ryan Suter (12)
3 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
04:19
FLA
Brad Boyes  Roughing against  Marco Scandella
10:01
MIN
Zach Parise  Slashing against  Mike Weaver
16:47
FLA
Tom Gilbert  Slashing against  Mikael Granlund
2nd Period
05:09
FLA
Nick Bjugstad  Holding against  Jared Spurgeon
12:37
MIN
Zach Parise  Tripping against  Brad Boyes
18:18
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Tripping against  Jonathan Huberdeau
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
SA: 20TOI: 58:37
Saves: 17EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .850SH: 0 - 0
Josh Harding
Josh Harding
11-2-2
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0