PHOENIX (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild are trying to look on the positive side and not be discouraged after losing their first two games.
"I think it's going to come," said Brad Bombardir, defenseman for the expansion team. "One thing I've learned from playing on other teams is we have to get some confidence. That comes from playing hard."
Minnesota's lone goal in Saturday night's 4-1 loss to Phoenix came just 1:17 into the game when Jim Dowd hit a slap shot from the top of the right circle that trickled through the pads of Coyote goaltender Sean Burke.
But Burke wasn't about to let a shaky start ruin his night, not against the expansion Wild. He finished with 21 saves.
"It was just a bad goal," said Burke, who has given up only two goals in leading the Coyotes to a 2-0 start. "It hit me funny and went by. It's not the way you want to start, not with a bad goal.
"You never want to give up a goal like that, but maybe it got me going. It was a little wakeup call."
Phoenix tied the game when Keith Tkachuk scored on a power play at 7:27 of the first period.
With Jeremy Roenick screening Wild goalie Manny Fernandez, Tkachuk shot from just below the left circle. Fernandez slowed the puck down but it still slid into the net.
Coyotes rookie defenseman Ossi Vaanenen, playing in his first NHL game, broke a 1-1 tie at 4:09 of the second period. He took a cross-ice pass from Roenick and shot from the top of the left circle. Fernandez was screened by defender Jeff Nielsen as Vaananen's shot went through his legs.
Shane Doan made it 3-1 with a power-play score at 10:02 of the second period, flipping in a rebound of a Landon Wilson shot. Then Roenick scored at 18:42 of the second while the Coyotes enjoyed a 5-on-3 advantage.
Three of the Coyote goals came on the team's revamped power play. Phoenix struggled last season with the man advantage, scoring on only 11.9 percent of its opportunities -- 27th in the league. The Coyotes scored on three of its nine power-play opportunities against the Wild.
"Power-play goals, those are nice," Roenick said. "Things are going well for us. We're doing the little things, like playing hard on the power play. But we can't relax. We must continue to play this way."
Coyotes coach Bob Francis said his team's ability to score on the power play has to do with shooting.
"The thing you see on our power play is we're getting the puck to the net," Francis said. "Scoring on the power play takes battles at the net. We're doing that. We have to keep battling."
The Coyotes killed off seven of Minnesota's power-play chances.
Minnesota 1 0 0 -- 1
Phoenix 1 3 0 -- 4
First Period--1, Minnesota, Dowd 1 (Pellerin), 1:17. 2, Phoenix, Tkachuk 1 (Roenick, Numminen), 12:33 (pp).
Second Period--3, Phoenix, Vaananen 1 (Roenick, Lumme), 4:09. 4, Phoenix, Doan 1 (Wilson, Lumme), 10:02 (pp). 5, Phoenix, Roenick 2 (Numminen), 18:42.
Shots on goal--Minnesota 5-6-11--22. Phoenix 7-13-7--27.
Power-play Opportunities--Minnesota 0 of 8; Phoenix 3 of 9.
Goalies--Minnesota, Fernandez 0-1-0 (27 shots-23 saves). Phoenix, Burke 2-0-0 (22-21), Esche (8:33 second, 0-0), Burke (10:02 second).
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.