Talbot makes 39 saves, Wild defeat Coyotes for two-game sweep


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Cam Talbot made 39 saves for the Minnesota Wild in their fifth straight win, 4-1 against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Wednesday.

Marcus Foligno scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period for the Wild (29-13-3), who swept the two-game set and won seven of eight against the Coyotes this season.

Christian Dvorak scored, and Darcy Kuemper made 19 saves for the Coyotes (20-22-5), who have lost seven of eight.

After a breakout pass from Joel Eriksson Ek, Foligno drove to the net on the left side from the blue line, held off defenseman Alex Goligoski, and scored inside the near post to make it 2-1 at 4:32 of the third.

Kirill Kaprizov scored on a wraparound at 18:20 to make it 3-1. It was the rookie’s third straight game with a goal.

Nico Sturm scored an empty-net goal with 12 seconds left for the 4-1 final.

Kevin Fiala scored with a backhand just outside the crease off Sturm’s pass from the bottom of the left face-off circle at 2:58 of the second period to tie the game 1-1. Fiala had a goal and an assist in the Wild’s 5-2 win Monday.

Dvorak scored on the power play to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead at 7:38 of the first period when he banked a shot off the back of Talbot’s left pad. Arizona led 12-1 in shots at the time.

It was Dvorak’s first goal in 12 games.

Talbot is 5-0-1 in his past six starts and 12-2-2 in his past 16. He is 5-1-0 against the Coyotes this season and 15-6-1 against them in his career.

Arizona played without forward Conor Garland, who has a lower-body injury.

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