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Wild celebrate Hockey Day in MN with an OT victory

 
Wild celebrate Hockey Day in MN with an OT victory
Posted January 18th, 2014 @ 11:20pm

By: Kate Butler | KFAN.com
@kateMbutler

 

The Wild faced off against the Dallas Stars tonight at the Xcel Center as the nightcap to Hockey Day in Minnesota. In front of more than 19,000 fans, the Wild were able to secure their second-consecutive win at home. This win came as a 3-2 overtime victory with the game winner by Nate Prosser, for the second-consecutive game.

 

Darcy Kuemper saw his fourth-straight start in the cage tonight. Stopping 31 shots, Kuemper was named the #2 star of the game. Kuemper told the media after the game of his teammates, “I’m confident that if I make the first save that they’re going to be there for the rebound.”

 

Charlie Coyle told Tom Reid before the game, “[The Stars] can be a pretty dangerous team but I think for the most part we just need to focus on ourselves…and do what we do best out there. I think we’ll get good results if we do that.”

 

On the first shot of the night, at 7:11 of the opening period, Erik Haula scored his first goal in the NHL, unassisted. Minnesota was outshot 9-3 this period, but scored the only goal.

 

Midway through the second period the Stars answered with a goal from Ryan Garbutt to tie the game. A nice wrister from Suter gave Minnesota the lead once again roughly two minutes after Garbutt’s goal. This would be the second goal in just nine shots for the Wild. Minnesota was outshot again this period 13-6, and successfully killed off a penalty from Pominville.

 

The final period of regulation play opened with the Wild hanging on to a 1-goal lead over the Dallas Stars. Around the nine minute mark, with Kuemper tied up outside of the crease, Suter took over minding the net but couldn’t stop a shot from Alex Chiasson on a power play to tie the game. Minnesota got off a few more shots this period, but was still outshot 11-8. With both teams knotted at two goals each after sixty minutes of regulation play, the game moved to OT.

 

The 4-on-4 overtime marked the 12th overtime for both teams this season. Nate Prosser clinched the win for the second consecutive game for the Wild. The goal came at 2:42 of the five minute overtime, giving the wild the 3-2 win at home over the Dallas Stars.

 

“It was a great day, all around. Just as a team we are feeling good right now…we all knew on the bench that if we stuck to the game plan we were going to be alright,” Nate Prosser said in a post-game interview.

 

“It’s a guy just playing the right way and making the right read…if every guy is doing the right thing, their time will come. Obviously the last few games [Prosser] has been huge for us,” Head Coach Mike Yeo said of Prosser’s accomplishments tonight.

 

The Wild will travel to Dallas to take on the Stars again on Tuesday. The puck drops at 7 p.m. so be sure to catch all the action on FM 100.3 KFAN and iHeartRadio.com.

 

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