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Wild cough up three-goal lead in OT loss to Coyotes

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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Arizona responded quickly, as winger Nick Cousins buried a cross-crease feed from Alex Goligoski just 1:31 after Reilly's goal on Raanta, who ended with 25 saves.

In the third, the Coyotes moved within at 8:02 on a shot from defenseman Kevin Connauton -- another tally Goligoski set up, this time along with Derek Stepan.

That called for a photo finish, a somewhat surprising reality between the NHL's worst team and one of its most dominant on home ice, but the Coyotes' speed and hustle deservedly put Arizona in contention for this game -- which saw both teams go 0 for 1 on the power play.

The caliber of competition the rest of this homestand is going to get tougher, at least based on how everyone slots in the standings, with the likes of the Capitals and Ducks on deck.

And although it was able to snag at least a point, this result against the Coyotes should serve as a wakeup call for the Wild as they'll need to pick up their pace the rest of this stretch.

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