ST. PAUL, Minn. – Curtis Joseph made 26 saves and moved into a tie for eighth place on the NHL’s career wins list and Mike Comrie scored two goals in the Phoenix Coyotes’ 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Joseph sparkled through two periods and was shaky in the third, but held on to tie Grant Fuhr with his 403rd career victory. Fuhr, the former Edmonton star, is the Coyotes’ goalie coach.

The Coyotes took advantage of an unusually poor night from Wild goalie Dwayne Roloson, scoring three goals on their first six shots.

Recently acquired Yanick Lehoux scored his first career goal just over a minute into the first period when his slap shot from the right circle went through Roloson’s legs on the first shot of the game.

Mike Leclerc scored off a rebound 10 minutes later, and Comrie made it 3-0 when he scored on a beautiful pass across the crease from Mike Johnson with 6:30 to go in the period. Replays appeared to show that Comrie kicked the puck into the net, but the officials allowed the goal after a brief review.

Wild coach Jacques Lemaire replaced Roloson, who made just seven saves on the night, with Manny Fernandez to start the second period. It was the first time Roloson has been pulled from a game since a 3-2 loss to San Jose on Oct. 12, 2003.

The Wild defense tightened in front of Fernandez, and he saved seven of eight shots he faced to keep Minnesota in the game.

The Wild got on the board five minutes into the second when Daniel Tjarnqvist’s slap shot from the point beat Joseph high on his glove side. Fittingly, it was a power-play goal. The Wild entered the game an NHL-best 31 percent on the power play at home.

Later in the period, on another Wild power play, Tjarnqvist tried to do the same thing. But Joseph was ready, and he made a brilliant glove save off the shot.

The Wild had a goal wiped off the board at the end of the second after Kyle Wanvig appeared to stuff the puck past Joseph. It was called a goal, but after a lengthy review, officials ruled the puck never crossed the goal line completely.

Joseph wasn’t nearly as impressive in the third period, when Filip Kuba’s clearing attempt on a Phoenix power play floated from behind Minnesota’s blue line and trickled between Joseph’s legs with 16 minutes to play.

But Comrie put the game away when he beat Fernandez off a pass from Johnson with 2:35 to go.

Notes: Glenn Hall and Martin Brodeur are tied for sixth with 407 victories. … Wild C Wes Walz left the game in the second period after taking a puck to the face but returned at the start of the third. … The Wild were 1-for-7 on the power play. … Phoenix’s Keith Ballard, a former University of Minnesota star, had two assists in his first regular-season game in his home state.

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