NHL

Haula scores in third period as Wild beat Panthers 3-1

Erik Haula scored midway through the third period to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

Charlie Coyle and Jason Pominville also scored for Minnesota, which ended a nine-game winless streak (0-6-3) at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild technically won a "home" game last Sunday beating Chicago in a Stadium Series contest at the University of Minnesota.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 17 shots as Minnesota moved two points behind Colorado for the second Western Conference wild card playoff spot.

Aaron Ekblad scored for Florida, which lost in regulation for the first time in six games.

Roberto Luongo finished with 21 saves. He replaced starter Al Montoya early in the game after Montoya suffered an upper-body injury during a collision with Minnesota's Marco Scandella and did not return.