Seventeen seconds into the game the Wild lost forward Charlie Coyle for the game after a mysterious match-penalty call for contact to the head went against the rookie winger. Wild’s recently recalled rookie Jason Zucker served Coyle's penalty, and as soon as the gate opened, the offensive-minded Zucker hit the ice and was the key to back to back instant scoring chances. Despite a
Mikael Granlund showed flashes of brilliance in the first period creating scoring chances with nifty passing to fellow rookie Zucker. But, Granlund also showed he is still learning after a missed defensive assignment allowed Vinny Prospal to gather the puck all alone in front of the net and tie the game 1-1.
Heavily outplayed, the Wild got a much-needed power play after Bobrovsky’s best save of the game came from his glove as Setoguchi was elbowed upon shooting the puck.
Setoguchi drew yet another power play to give the Wild an opportunity they knew they could not let slip through their fingers. Parise and Suter peppered Bobrovsky during the man-up as a rebound found its way to Pominville’s tape and he knocked in the game tying goal ensuring the team at least a point heading to the OT session.
It was evident neither team wanted to settle things with a shootout after both sides had ample scoring opportunities in the OT session, but in the end, the shootout is what would decide it.
The difference in the game tonight was
Jason Pominville scored the game tying goal to send the game to OT and secure that key point in the Western Conference standings. The Wild’s newest addition said after the game, “Right now this might not seem like a big point, but at the end of the year we might look back and this point might be the difference in us getting to the playoffs so we will take it.” Wild take their show on the road next week starting with