Pitlick, Garland help Coyotes rally for 5-2 win over Wild
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Tyler Pitlick scored twice, Conor Garland had a goal and an assist, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 Saturday night.
Lawson Crouse scored for the first time in 21 games, and Jakob Chychrun also scored for the Coyotes, who trailed 2-0 after one period. Niklas Hjalmarsson, Clayton Keller and Derick Brassard each had two assists. Darcy Kuemper stopped 32 shots.
"It was a good response," said Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, who was critical of his team's effort after the Friday loss. "It was nice to see (Crouse) get a goal, right in front there. I think it sparked our team a little bit. (Garland) with a nice goal. ... I really liked our second and third (period). In the neutral zone we pressured them a little bit more. We didn't back off, which was nice."
Matt Dumba and Jordan Greenway scored 52 seconds apart in the first for the Wild, who lost for the fourth time in 11 games (7-3-1). Cam Talbot finished with 26 saves.
"We had some life early," Wild coach Dean Evason said. "But we didn't have the energy, not even the physical energy, the emotional energy tonight that we've seen from our group. When they got back into it we never had that pushback."
Arizona, coming off a 5-1 loss to the Wild on Friday night, began their comeback when Crouse knocked in the rebound of Garland's shot 1:25 into the second.
"That's probably the longest I've gone without a goal since I was a little kid," Crouse said. "It's frustrating but as soon as I saw that one go in I felt 1,000 pounds lighter."
Jakob Chychrun tied it with 6:28 left in the second.
Garland's power-play goal less than 4 minutes into the third put Arizona ahead to stay.
Pitlick made it 4-2 at 6:15 and added an empty-netter with 47 seconds left to seal it.
"We stuck with it," Pitlick said. "We dug deep and we kept going. We kept going north and just doing the simple things. When you do that then the plays start to come. When you play the right way good things happen."
Kuemper returned to the Arizona net after missing the previous four games with a lower-body injury. He picked up his first win since Feb. 22 against Anaheim.
"You gotta remember he played 25, 26 games straight last season. He can carry the load," Tocchet said.
Minnesota's Marcus Foligno and Arizona's John Hayden dropped the gloves late in the first period but the exchange featured more circling than fighting. They each drew five-minute penalties.
Wild: Host Vegas on Monday night in opener of two-game series.
Coyotes: At Colorado on Monday night to open a seven-game trip.
Updated March 6, 2021