By: Kate Butler | KFAN.com
Coming off of a 3-2 loss in St. Paul, the Wild traveled to Detroit to face the Red Wings for the second night in a row.
Charlie Coyle told Tom Reid before the game, “We have to focus on ourselves right now. We want to come at the playoffs with a running start, we’ve got to string a few wins together here.”
Tonight was as good as any to start stringing those wins together. Another game decided in the extra session for the Wild, this time they came away with a 4-3 victory.
The Wild didn’t get off to a great start in the first period, though they did outshoot Detroit 12-6, no shots found the back of the net for Minnesota. Gustav Nyquist was virtually unstoppable for the Wings this period, giving his team a 1-0 lead at 13:45 into the period with a power play goal. Nearly five minutes later, Nyquist was able to get a backhanded shot off and past Bryzgalov.
The second period began with Minnesota trailing by two. Ten seconds into a power play that was the result of Legwand being called for goaltender interference, Pominville finally put his team on the board at 11:57 into the period. Minnesota picked up the only goal of this period, outshooting Detroit 7-4.
After a battle in front of the Detroit net, Coyle was able to put the puck away with help from Moulson and Suter, tying the game at 4:33 of the third period. Less than two minutes later, Parise found the back of the net during another scramble in the Detroit zone, giving the Wild a one-goal lead. Tomas Tatar answered with a wrist shot over Bryzgalov’s shoulder, tying the game at 11:43. Minnesota took just 5 shots this period, while Detroit only took 6.
Tonight marked the 21st OT of the season for the Wild, and were 9-11 coming into tonight. The Wild made quick work of the 4-on-4 extra session, ending it with Moulson scoring on a tip-in from Brodin at 2:15 into the five minutes. The Wild picked up the 4-3 win, and two much needed points tonight.
The Wild will return to Minnesota to take on Vancouver on Wednesday. You can catch all the action on FM 100.3 and iHeartRadio.com starting at 6:30 p.m.