NHL: Minnesota 6, Phoenix 3

Jan. 13, 2009 at 11:38 PM
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ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Cal Clutterbuck put an end to a Phoenix comeback bid Tuesday and helped push Minnesota to a 6-3 victory over the Coyotes.

Mikko Koivu scored just 34 seconds into the third period to give the Wild a seemingly comfortable 4-1 lead, but Olli Jokinen and Steve Reinprecht scored for Phoenix to make a game of it.

Reinprecht's goal came with 13:10 to play, but Niklas Backstrom shut the door on the Coyotes and Clutterbuck restored a two-goal lead with 6:36 to play. James Sheppard added a score on a tip-in with 4:44 to go.

Backstrom finished with 21 saves.

Marc-Andre Bergeron, who had been out of action since Dec. 19 with a lower body injury, scored Minnesota's first goal in his return.

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