ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Phoenix Coyotes didn't play like a team on a four-game losing streak.
Timely goals, solid goaltending, excellent defense and a late score helped snap Phoenix's skid as the Coyotes beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in a physical game Friday night.
Daymond Langkow scored two goals, including the winner with 2:22 to play, and Brian Boucher stopped all 11 shots he faced in relief of Zac Bierk, who left with a strained groin in the second period. Boucher and Bierk combined for 26 saves.
Phoenix 1 1 1 -- 3
Minnesota 1 1 0 -- 2
First Period--1, Minnesota, Park 11, 3:35 (sh). 2, Phoenix, Briere 13 (Amonte, Abid), 4:13 (pp). Penalties--Buchberger, Pho (roughing), :33; May, Pho (roughing), :33; Brown, Min (roughing), :33; Hendrickson, Min (roughing), :33; Bombardir, Min, double minor (high-sticking), 1:38; May, Pho, major (fighting), 4:20; Brown, Min, major (fighting), 4:20; Doan, Pho, double minor (high-sticking), 8:20; Marshall, Min (ob.-tripping), 9:20; Buchberger, Pho (cross-checking), 13:09; Mitchell, Min (roughing), 13:09; Briere, Pho (hooking), 17:41.
Second Period--3, Minnesota, Ronning 11 (Zholtok, Hendrickson), :39. 4, Phoenix, Langkow 13 (Nagy, Johnson), 1:49. Penalties--Simpson, Pho (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:53; Langkow, Pho (high-sticking), 6:50; Bouchard, Min (tripping), 9:57; Walz, Min (high-sticking), 14:47; Simpson, Pho (holding), 17:43; Marshall, Min (roughing), 17:47; Doan, Pho (elbowing), 18:28.
Third Period--5, Phoenix, Langkow 14 (Nagy, Suchy), 17:38. Penalties--None.
Shots on goal--Phoenix 8-8-11--27. Minnesota 12-8-8--28.
Power-play Opportunities--Phoenix 1 of 4; Minnesota 0 of 7.
Goalies--Phoenix, Bierk (17 shots-15 saves), Boucher 11-15-6 (6:50 second, 11-11). Minnesota, Fernandez 12-9-1 (27-24).
A--18,568 (18,064). T--2:24.
"Nice to see we played an inspired effort tonight," Boucher said. "We played with passion and that's what the coach wanted."
Minnesota scored early in the first and second periods. But the Coyotes, who picked up their first win since the All-Star break, quickly answered both goals, and their defense shut down the Wild -- Minnesota went 0-for-7 on the power play.
"It's frustrating, obviously," Minnesota's Richard Park said. "We score, get a lead, and they come back right away and score two times. ... From another point of view, we had our opportunities. Maybe not to put the game away, but definitely to take the lead."
Minnesota had its best chance to score midway through the second period with a five-on-three advantage. But the Phoenix defenders formed a barrier in front of Boucher as the frustrated Wild launched several errant shots.
From that point on, Phoenix kept the momentum.
"The guys did an unbelievable job killing the penalty," Boucher said. "I think we realized how desperate the situation was. That was the hockey game right there."
Langkow, who made it 2-2 to answer Cliff Ronning's second-period goal, picked up the rebound from Ladislav Nagy's shot in front of the net and wristed it past Manny Fernandez for the winner. Langkow's teammates piled him on the ice after the goal.
"When you win, everything feels good," he said. "You come to the rink and enjoy yourself. Everything is so much better."
The Wild came into the game looking for their third straight win, but couldn't establish any kind of offensive flow. Their one dominating moment came when Brad Brown took down Brad May as the two traded punches in the first period. The referees handed out 48 total penalty minutes throughout the game.
Park scored Minnesota's first goal after picking off a pass early in the first period. But Daniel Briere answered 38 seconds later. Thirty-nine seconds into the second period, Ronning tipped in a shot by Sergei Zholtok, but Langkow responded at 1:49 with his first goal.
Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said the Coyotes simply outhustled his players.
"You feed the other team by not getting there and not making the right plays," Lemaire said. "And they feed off that, and they worked harder."
At a team meeting Friday morning, Phoenix coach Bob Francis said he challenged his team to pick up its intensity.
"It shows what you can do when you play with passion and as a group," he said. "That's what we didn't do last game (a 3-0 loss to New Jersey).
Notes: Francis said Boucher will start Saturday's game at St. Louis. ... Phoenix has killed off 52 of its last 54 penalties over 12 games. ... Wild G Dwayne Roloson participated in the morning skate but was noticeably bothered by his sprained right ankle. ... The Wild's shutout streak ended at 132:52.
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