Zuccarello, Greenway each gets goal, assist in Wild win against Coyotes


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Mats Zuccarello and Jordan Greenway each had a goal and an assist for the Minnesota Wild in a 5-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Friday.

Kaapo Kahkonen made 24 saves while winning his sixth straight start for the Wild (13-7-1), who opened a 3-0 lead in the first period. Kahkonen has made 152 saves on 162 shots during his winning streak.

Kirill Kaprizov and Marcus Foligno each had two assists for the Wild, who are 7-1-1 in their past nine games. 

Clayton Keller scored for the third straight game, and Antti Raanta made 22 saves for the Coyotes (10-10-3), who fell behind by at least three goals for the fifth time in six games. They have trailed 3-0 four times.

After the Wild won a face-off in the offensive zone, Kaprizov steered a pass to Zuccarello for a one-timer from the slot for a 1-0 lead at 4:27 of the first.

Brad Hunt, playing for the first time since Feb. 2, scored his first goal since Feb. 6, 2020 against the Vancouver Canucks for a 2-0 Minnesota lead at 13:18.

Kaprizov’s no-look, behind-the-back pass from behind the net set up Nick Bjugstad for a 3-0 lead at 14:27.

The Coyotes have been outscored 9-0 while failing to score in the first period in their past nine games.

Greenway scored on a short breakaway for a 4-0 lead at 5:08 of the second. 

Keller cut the lead to 4-1 at 4:59 of the third before Kevin Fiala scored after a Jordan Oesterle giveaway in the slot at 18:46 for the 5-1 final.

The Wild and Coyotes, who had not met this season until Friday, play the second half of the back to back here Saturday. Arizona has lost its past three home games.

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