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The Sports Xchange, Published November 15 2013

Coyle scores winning goal to spark Wild

ST. PAUL – Right winger Charlie Coyle’s hot streak continued at the perfect time for the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

Coyle’s goal late in the third period broke a 2-2 deadlock and lifted Minnesota to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

Left winger Zach Parise scored and right winger Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist for the Wild (12-4-4), who have lost just once in regulation at home this season.

Right winger Tomas Kopecky and center Jonathan Huberdeau scored third-period goals for the Panthers (4-12-4), who battled back from a 2-0 deficit and got 17 saves from goalie Tim Thomas but fell to 1-8-1 on the road.

Florida 0 0 2 – 2

Minnesota 2 0 1 – 3

First period: 1, Minnesota, Parise 10 (Koivu, Pominville), 4:59 (pp). 2, Minnesota, Pominville 12 (Spurgeon, Niederreiter), 13:38.

Third period: 3, Florida, Kopecky 1 (Winchester), 3:31. 4, Florida, Huberdeau 4 (Bjugstad), 8:59. 5, Minnesota, Coyle 2 (Koivu, Suter), 11:38.

Shots on Goal – Florida 3-9-12 – 24. Minnesota 10-5-5 – 20.

Goalies: Florida, Thomas. Minnesota, Harding. A – 18,102 (17,954). T – 2:22.