Coyotes 3, Wild 2, OT

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)—His first shot was stuffed, but Mike Comrie made good on his second chance and the Phoenix Coyotes finally won.

Comrie snapped the Coyotes’ 15-game winless streak when he put back his own rebound with 24.2 seconds to play in overtime, giving Phoenix a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

On a breakaway, Comrie skated in toward Manny Fernandez, and his first shot bounced off Fernandez’s leg. But Comrie corralled the rebound in the lower left circle and slipped it under the fallen Fernandez, drawing a groan from the crowd.

“He made a nice save on me, but I got the rebound and put it home,” Comrie said.

The Coyotes had been 0-8-4-3 in their slide. They also were 2-16-5-4 in their last 27 games. Their last win was Feb. 20 against Columbus; the last road win was Jan. 22 at San Jose, a span of 29 games.

“It was obviously a long stretch, but it was good to get a win,” said Shane Doan, who also scored for Phoenix, along with Dan Cleary.

It was a night of firsts for the Coyotes. Coach Rick Bowness picked up his first win since taking over for the fired Bob Francis on Feb. 24. Bowness is 1-7-3-3.

And goaltender Brent Johnson got his first win since being acquired in a trade from St. Louis earlier this month. Johnson, who finished with 27 saves, is 1-3-1 with Phoenix, which won on a Monday for the first time this season.

“It’s been painful,” Cleary said. “It’s been tiring on us mentally, especially the guys that have been around a while. … Now we’ve got it and we move on.”

Fernandez had 25 saves for Minnesota, which fell to 0-3-20 in overtime this season.

“Overtime, it’s not our year,” Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said.

Cleary’s short-handed goal in the third period lifted Phoenix into a 2-2 tie. Johnson made a couple of impressive overtime saves before Comrie’s game-winning goal.

After a fast first period, Minnesota, which got a goal and an assist from Marc Chouinard, looked lethargic the rest of the game. Phoenix took advantage: The Coyotes outshot the Wild 22-13 in the second and third periods.

“We played softer,” Lemaire said. “We tried to make plays that weren’t there.”

Doan scored his 25th goal to pull the Coyotes to 2-1 in the second period on a power play. Camped to the left of the net, Doan tipped in a hard shot from Cale Hulse over Fernandez.

Cleary tied it with 9:53 remaining in regulation.

“That goal sparked us,” Comrie said.

Chouinard’s eighth goal gave the Wild a 1-0 lead in the first period. Nick Schultz made it 2-0 on a nice feed from Chouinard, who skated from behind the net and fired a pass to Schultz at the edge of the right circle. He one-timed it past Johnson’s stick.

The Wild lost for only the third time this season when leading after two periods. And the Coyotes won for only the third time when trailing after two.

“You look at it and we’ve been getting points,” Comrie said. “We’re in games. We feel like our fate should be better.” ^Notes: Wild LW Pascal Dupuis could return to the lineup against Columbus on Wednesday. Dupuis has missed eight games because of a sprained ankle and the flu. … Minnesota fell to 5-27-15-2 in games it has scored two goals or less. … Johnson entered the game with a 1.52 goals-against-average in seven career games against the Wild. … Cleary and Comrie both scored for the second timein as many days. They each scored a goal in Sunday’s 2-2 tie at Chicago.

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