The Minnesota Wild needed a win Saturday night to remain in the NHL playoff hunt, and they got one by beating the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1 in Glendale, Ariz.
Zach Parise scored two goals, including the tying goal, and Jared Spurgeon scored the winner in the third period. The Wild outshot the Coyotes 14-4 in the final period to win for only the fourth time in the past 13 games (4-5-4), the Star Tribune reports.
The victory helped the Wild's playoff hopes, by keeping the Coyotes in eighth place, three points behind the Wild. It also kept the ninth-place Dallas Stars, who have played one fewer game, four points back after they beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2.