Updated: 01/10/2014 4:25 PM KSTP.com
Minnesota Wild's Justin Fontaine, middle, celebrates his goal against the Phoenix Coyotes with teammates Matt Cooke and Jonas Brodin.
Photo: Photo: AP/Ross D. Franklin
Justin Fontaine scored three goals, Niklas Backstrom stopped 39 shots and the Minnesota Wild won their fourth straight game by beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Thursday night.
Fontaine scored late in the first period, gave the Wild a two-goal lead on a power play in the third and closed out his first career hat trick with an empty-net goal.
Kyle Brodziak had a goal and an assist, Matt Cook had two assists and Backstrom won his third straight start after allowing 17 goals the previous four.
Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes, who have lost three of four.
The Wild host Colorado Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
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