Fiala gets three points in Wild win against Coyotes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Fiala had a goal and two assists for the Minnesota Wild, who won their fourth straight game with a 5-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Wednesday.

Kirill Kaprizov, Joel Eriksson Ek, Marcus Foligno and Dmitry Kulikov scored for the Wild (9-3-0), who are off to their best start since they began 10-2-0 in 2006-07. Kaapo Kahkonen made his second straight start and finished with 24 saves.

Shayne Gotisbehere had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes (1-11-1), who were coming off their first win of the season. Karel Vejmelka allowed five goals on 22 shots before Scott Wedgewood (eight saves) replaced him at the start of the third period. 

Eriksson Ek gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead at 4:22 of the first period, shooting off the left post from the left circle after Spurgeon poked him the puck from the point on a power play.

Foligno then made it 2-0 at 9:00 on a deflection of Jon Merrill‘s shot from the point, but Andrew Ladd cut it to 2-1 at 14:10 on a breakaway following a turnover by Matt Dumba.

The Wild scored three unanswered goals in the second period, when the Coyotes have been outscored 20-3 this season.

Fiala scored a highlight-reel goal to make it 3-1 at 2:45. After Spurgeon’s centering pass was deflected up in the air, Fiala turned his stick so the blade was pointed toward the ice and batted the puck over Vejmelka’s shoulder from a sharp angle.

Kulikov scored 36 seconds later to push the lead to 4-1. It was his first goal since Feb. 27, 2020 (64 games).

Kaprizov scored during a brief 5-on-3 power play to make it 5-1 at 18:51. He is the fastest player in Minnesota history to score 30 goals in the NHL (67 games) and one of eight active players to reach the mark in fewer than 70 games.

Gotisbehere scored at 7:04 of the third for the 5-2 final. 

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