By: Kate Butler | KFAN.com
Tonight was Harding’s Hope night here at The X, and what more could the Wild hope for than second consecutive win at home. After a battle from both sides, the Hurricanes went home hanging their heads tonight, as the Wild took the W with a 3-1 victory.
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It didn’t take the Wild long to pull ahead, just over three minutes after the initial goal the Hurricanes found themselves down by two. The goal was a deflected-shot from Parise, his 5th of the season, with Spurgeon and Suter credited on the assists. The shots this period were the closest any team has come all season in one period, with the Wild only outshooting
The second period had the Wild in a good place: up by two goals and successfully killing a penalty that came just one minute into play. The two-goal-lead, nor the successful penalty kill lasted long, as at into the period Alexander Semin narrowed the scoring gap. The power play goal was a slapshot from Semin, with assists to Eric Staal and Sekera. The Wild were outshot this period, which is uncharacteristic for them lately in the second period, 12-6.
The final period of regulation play opened with Backstrom between the pipes, and Torrey Mitchell in the box. Backstrom appeared to be back to good health, shutting down all seven shots that came his way. Just 26 seconds left to play, Healey, from Cooke and Prosser, scored a power play goal on an empty net to close out the game.
“This definitely wasn’t our best game of the year…but at the end of the day we won. We take a lot of pride in this,” said Parise after the game.
The Wild beat the Canes tonight by a score of 3-1, making the team undefeated at home for the last six games.