The Minnesota Wild had offensive opportunities, but could not capitalize.

The Wild, 23rd in the league in scoring, was expected to improve on the league worst offense with some free agent signings and prospects turning pro.

That has not translated, however, through nine games this season.

Zach Parise scored his team-leading sixth goal just over the midway point of the game, but it wasn't enough in a 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes Monday at Arena.

The rest of the team has just 14.

The Wild (4-4-1) made multiple bids to tie the game in the second and third periods, including a pair of posts. Jonas Brodin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard beat Mike Smith cleanly, but just missed finding the twine. 

The Coyotes (4-4-2) weathered a second period storm from the Wild and extended its lead to two on its second shot of the period. Martin Hanzal took advantage of a defensive breakdown and bad rebound at the 7:48 mark.

The Coyotes scored the only goal of a back-and-forth first period on a deflection that followed a failed clearing attempt.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Zach Parise. The Wild forward scored his 200th career goal.

No. 2 – Martin Hanzal. The Coyotes forward scored the eventual game-winning goal.

No. 1 – Keith Yandle. The Coyotes defenseman recorded an assist and had a huge save with an open net.


Minnesota     0 1 0 – 1

Phoenix     1 1 0 – 2

First Period – 1, Phoenix, Korpikoski 4 (Yandle), 15:09. Penalties – Mitchell, Min (hooking), 9:34.

Second Period – 2, Phoenix, Hanzal 4 (Vrbata, Michalek), 7:48. 3, Minnesota, Parise 6 (unassisted), 10:20. Penalties – None.

Third Period – None. Penalties – Sullivan, Phx (hooking), 8:49; Morris, Phx (holding the stick), 16:11l.

Shots on goal – Minnesota 10-8-4 22. Phoenix 17-6-11 34.

Goalies – Minnesota, Backstrom (32-34). Phoenix, Smith (21-22). Referees – Francis Charron, Brad Meier. Linesmen – Lonnie Cameron, Mike Cvik.