By: Kate Butler | KFAN.com
Minnesota took their home ice tonight for the last time before the Olympic break, facing off against the Nashville Predators. In front of a white-out crowd of 18,766, the Wild blew past the Predators with a 3-2 OT victory.
The Wild drew first blood tonight at 4:05 into the opening period, which came as a perfect wrist shot from Brodin. Less than two minutes later Kuemper lost sight of the puck, which was left sitting in the crease. Craig Smith won the race to the puck and knocked one home for Nashville, making it a tie game in a matter of minutes. The lone assist to Smith’s goal went to Carter Hutton, goaltender for the Predators.
The Wild answered with 6:33 to play when Parise, on the power play, beat Hutton on the short side giving Minnesota the lead again. This marked his 19th goal of the year, and 10th power play goal of the season.
It took just 7:40 into the second period for Nashville to answer and tie the game with a tip-in goal from Craig Smith, his second of the game. Although Nashville scored the only goal this period, they were outshot 9-3.
The final period of play opened with the Wild on a power play for a full two minutes. While Minnesota wasn’t able to capitalize on this particular power play, the one-man advantage seemed to give back from of that first period momentum. Knotted at two goals each for the entirety of the third period, the Wild saw yet another game forced into overtime.
The five minute, four-on-four OT was ended with Nino Niedderiter blazing down the boards and firing a shot clear into the back of the net with 2:44 left to play.
While Mike Yeo was concerned that his team wouldn’t have their heads in the game, Niedderiter disagreed by saying, “We knew how important this game was.”
Nino went on to tell Tom Reid after the game, “It was our goal to finish strong and get to the break with a good feeling and I think that’s what we did. It was a tough game for us [because] they need this win and so did we.”
Monday March 3rd the Wild will be back at home taking on the Calgary Flames. The puck drops at 7 p.m. and, as always, you can catch all the action on FM 100.3 KFAN and iHeartRadio.com.