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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Mikko Koivu scored at 2:43 of overtime to give Minnesota a 4-3 comeback victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night, extending the Wild's winning streak to seven and the Coyotes' skid to seven.
"It was a pretty simple story," said Wild coach Mike Yeo. "We had a few individuals, I felt like, that said, we're not going to lose that game tonight."
Koivu skated out from the corner and beat goalie Jason LaBarbera between the pads for the game winning goal.
Minnesota tied it with 54.3 seconds left in regulation, with Ryan Suter scoring on a wrist shot from the left point with Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom off for an extra attacker.
"It's nice to win a hockey game when you don't play your best," Yeo said. "But at the same time our guys know that we weren't at our best tonight and that we'll have to be better."
Torrey Mitchell and Matt Cullen also scored for the Wild putting Minnesota up 2-0, but the Coyotes had tied things up by the second intermission. Backstrom stopped 24 shots in the game, but the Wild still found themselves trailing for much of the third period.
"To get up 2-nothing and certainly letting it slip away and then losing the lead in the third period, I don't know that we would have handled that as well earlier in the year," Yeo said. "I think it's another indication that we're a different team right now."
Rob Klinkhammer, Boyd Gordon and Michael Stone scored for Phoenix. LaBarbera made 33 saves.
The Wild are on the road in Dallas on Friday, where the team snapped a lengthy losing streak on Monday.
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