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Nashville Predators 3, Minnesota Wild 3 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Nashville Predators 3, Minnesota Wild 3 FINAL OT
Nashville Predators 3, Minnesota Wild 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Sergei Zholtok made sure the Minnesota Wild earned at least a tie in one of their best offensive games of the season.

Zholtok scored on a slap shot with 13.9 seconds left in the third period to pull the Wild into a 3-3 draw with the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

"I thought we deserved at least a tie, there's no doubt," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. "We played good enough to be there."

The Wild controlled the game, outshooting the Predators 39-23, but Minnesota trailed 3-2 after Vladimir Orszagh scored for Nashville midway through the third.

A last-minute flurry, however, yielded Zholtok's goal, and an uncharacteristically intense display of offense in overtime nearly gave Minnesota a much-needed win. Zholtok had two of the team's several prime-scoring chances in the extra session.

"It was probably our best game around the net," Lemaire said, "which we need, because we don't score a lot of goals."

Tomas Vokoun made 36 saves for Nashville in his return from a two-game absence caused by the flu. Backup goalie Chris Mason won the previous two games after Vokoun started 21 straight.

"Tomas played great for his first game back," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "Early on, we could have been down three or four pucks if Tomas isn't really good."

Scott Hartnell and Martin Erat also scored for Nashville, off to the best start in the team's six-year history with 20 victories and 47 points. The Predators, though, are 1-5-2-1 in their last nine road games.

"We have to make the playoffs this year," defenseman Robert Schnabel said. "We need every point we can get. We needed two, but we'll take one."

Richard Park and Filip Kuba had goals for the Wild, 1-3-7 in their last 11 games and 1-for-35 on the power play during that time.

"I thought we played hard the whole game," Lemaire said. "To me, what slowed us down was our power play. ... It's not too good for the morale."

Hartnell, activated from injured reserve before the game after missing 13 games with a sprained ankle, scored midway through the first period on a pass from Andreas Johansson.

It was Johansson's first game since sustaining a concussion against Colorado on Oct. 25.

Erat put Nashville up 2-0 later in the period on a goal that was initially waved off for a high stick, but reversed by video replay.

With 6.9 seconds remaining before the first intermission, Minnesota's Jason Wiemer sent a perfect pass to Park from behind the net. Park, fighting for position in front of Johansson, quickly tapped the puck past Vokoun to cut the Predators' lead to 2-1.

The Wild got a little lucky early in the third during a Nashville power play. Kuba's clearing attempt from just in front of his own blue line bounced off the boards, ricocheted off a rut in the left circle and took a crazy bounce past Vokoun to tie it at 2.

"I don't even know what happened," Kuba said. "I just shot it as hard as I could."

Just seconds away from victory, the Predators were predictably upset they couldn't finish it off.

"We've been good at digging in and getting the momentum back," Trotz said. "I thought we were in good shape right until the last 15 seconds. It was just unfortunate."

scoring summary
1st Period
11:42
NSH
PPG - Scott Hartnell (10) ASST: Andreas Johansson (3)
1 - 0 NSH
17:47
NSH
Martin Erat (8) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (10), David Legwand (16)
2 - 0 NSH
19:53
MIN
Richard Park (8) ASST: Jason Wiemer (8), Filip Kuba (11)
2 - 1 NSH
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:35
MIN
SHG - Filip Kuba (4) ASST: Pascal Dupuis (8)
2 - 2 Tie
08:34
NSH
Vladimir Orszagh (10) ASST: Greg Johnson (8), Robert Schnabel (2)
3 - 2 NSH
19:46
MIN
Sergei Zholtok (6) ASST: Andrei Zyuzin (10), Andrew Brunette (18)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
02:58
NSH
Kimmo Timonen  Holding against  Richard Park
11:17
MIN
Brad Bombardir  Interference against  Jordin Tootoo
14:21
NSH
Vladimir Orszagh  Hi-sticking against  Willie Mitchell
2nd Period
05:44
NSH
Robert Schnabel  Interference against  Kyle Wanvig
17:24
MIN
Jim Dowd  Holding against  Kimmo Timonen
19:48
NSH
Jeremy Stevenson  Interference - Obstruction
3rd Period
01:22
MIN
Kyle Wanvig  Interference against  Jason York
05:18
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard  Hi-sticking against  Mark Eaton
16:34
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Hooking against  Andrew Brunette
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 39TOI: 64:58
Saves: 36EV: 30 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .923SH: 2 - 3
Manny Fernandez
SA: 23TOI: 64:31
Saves: 20EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .870SH: 3 - 3