Coyotes stun wild with third-period comeback
ST. PAUL -- Josh Archibald scored his first two goals of the season, the second on a breakaway midway through the third period, and the Arizona Coyotes broke a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 comeback victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
The Coyotes, who had only one shot on goal in the second period, scored three goals in the first nine minutes of the third period, two by Archibald and one by Michael Grabner, to overcome a 3-1 deficit.
Zach Parise scored his fourth goal in the last five games and Jared Spurgeon had three assists for the Wild, who had a two-game winning streak broken. Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker also had goals for the Wild, who are 8-3-2 at home.
Lawson Crouse had a goal and an assist and Archibald also had his first assist of the season for the Coyotes, who had lost eight of 10 including the last four of a five-game homestand on Sunday. They acquired wing Nick Schmaltz after Sunday's game in an attempt to add a scoring option. Schmaltz had three shots in 19 minutes.
The Coyotes had not scored more than two goals since a 4-1 victory at Washington on Nov. 11. They have 12 goals in their last seven games and have 56 goals, the second-fewest in the league.
Matt Dumba assisted on Parise's goal and has a point in a career-high seven straight games, tying Ryan Suter's franchise record points streak for a defenseman. Dumba has five goals and five assists during the streak.
Coyotes goalie Adin Hill had five saves after replacing Antti Raanta at the start of the third period. Raanta, who had 17 saves, has given up 14 goals in seven-plus periods since returning from an eight-game absence because of a lower body injury. He left Tuesday's game after tweaking the injury.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk was hardly challenged but saved only 10 of the 14 shots he faced. He was the winner when the Wild beat the Coyotes 2-1 at home earlier this season.
Dubnyk was pulled with 2:03 remaining but the Wild did not get a good scoring opportunity the rest of the way.