ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mikko Koivu scored in overtime, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Phoenix Coyotes, extending the Coyotes losing streak to seven games.
With their goalie pulled, Ryan Suter scored with less than a minute left in regulation to tie the game, and Koivu got his ninth goal of the season in the extra session as the Wild won their seventh in a row.
Michael Stone, Rob Klinkhammer and Boyd Gordon scored for Phoenix, which hasn't won since March 12 against the Kings in Arizona.
Torrey Mitchell and Matt Cullen also scored for the Wild.
Mitchell gave the Wild a one-goal lead after 20 minutes, slipping the rebound of a Mike Rupp shot past Phoenix goalie Jason LaBarbera. It was the third goal of the season for Mitchell, who signed with Minnesota after playing the previous five seasons with San Jose.
A mistake by LaBarbera allowed the Wild to double their lead early in the second. The goalie tried to clear the puck from behind the net, but inadvertently turned it over to Cullen. Before LaBarbera could scramble back into position, Cullen shot it into the empty net.
The Coyotes finally answered near the midway point of the game.
Klinkhammer, playing in just his eighth game of the season for Phoenix after spending January and February with the team's minor league affiliate in Portland, Maine, sent a rising shot at the net from close range to make it 2-1.
Phoenix knotted the game a few minutes later when defenseman Keith Yandle's shot from the left circle was tipped by Gordon in front of Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom. It was Gordon's first goal of the season, snapping a 34-game drought.
LaBarbera finished with 33 saves for the Coyotes, who play in Nashville on Thursday night. For the Wild, Backstrom made 24 saves.
Minnesota plays in Dallas, for the second time this week, on Friday.
NOTES: The Coyotes were without the services of left wing Lauri Korpikoski for the first time this season on Wednesday due to an upper body injury. Korpikoski has six goals and five assists in 32 games this season. ... Although he has not scored a goal in nearly a year, Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner has had a hot hand recently. His assist on Minnesota's first period goal was his third helper in the past two games. He last scored on April 1, 2012, versus the Blackhawks. ... Coyotes left wing Steve Sullivan left the game just seconds into the middle period. Wild wing Charlie Coyle stumbled when the puck was dropped for the opening faceoff and his skate flew up, nicking Sullivan on the chin. Sullivan dropped to the ice immediately, and was helped off by a trainer. ... Wild defenseman Justin Falk skated in his 100th career NHL game on Wednesday.
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