Fiala has goal, assist for Wild, who top Coyotes with fourth win in row


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist to help the Minnesota Wild to their fourth straight win, 5-2 against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Monday.

Kirill Kaprizov set a Wild record for rookie points in a season with 37, and his 18th goal tied their rookie record. Marian Gaborik scored 18 goals and had 36 points in 2000-01.

Matt Dumba and Nick Bonino each had two assists, and Cam Talbot made 22 saves for Minnesota (28-13-3), which is 6-1-0 against Arizona this season. They will play again here Wednesday.

Christian Fischer and Alex Goligoski scored, and Darcy Kuemper made 19 saves for Arizona (20-21-5), which lost its sixth in seven games.

Minnesota was 2-of-3 with the man advantage against Arizona, which has allowed six power-play goals in seven opportunities in the past three games.

Jordan Greenway scored on Marcus Foligno‘s pass from the right face-off circle to put the Wild ahead 2-1 at 3:37 of the second period. It was his first goal in 22 games.

Marcus Johansson‘s backhand in front off a Dumba rebound made it 3-1 on a power play at 9:38. 

Carson Soucy scored at 10:29 for the Wild, but Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet challenged for goaltender interference. Video review showed that Minnesota’s Marcus Foligno impaired Kuemper prior to the puck entering the net and the original call was overturned.

Goligoski’s one-timer from the left point with Fischer screening Talbot cut it to 3-2 at 1:15 of the third. 

Fiala restored Minnesota’s two-goal lead with a wrist shot from the right circle to make it 4-2 at 6:20. Jonas Brodin scored an empty-net goal at 17:53 for the 5-2 final.

Kaprizov’s power-play goal at 9:19 of the first gave the Wild a 1-0 lead.

Wild defenseman Ryan Suter‘s cross-ice pass was intercepted by Fischer, who tied it 1-1 at 14:28. It was his first goal in 44 games, since Feb. 19, 2020.

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