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Koivu breaks tie in Wild win against Senators

by Sean Farrell

OTTAWA -- It was all about bouncing back for the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.

Minnesota came back twice to tie its game against the Ottawa Senators, after falling behind 1-0 and 2-1, and rebounded again after blowing a 3-2 lead in the third period when Mikko Koivu scored with 2:57 remaining to give the Wild a 4-3 win.

Koivu rushed down the right side and cut inside to beat goalie Craig Anderson with a shot into the top left corner for his fifth goal of the season.

"The first thought was to get a quick shot, and then usually when you cut to the middle like that, usually the far side is open, if you've got any room," Koivu said.

Dany Heatley and Jonas Brodin each had a goal and an assist in the second period for Minnesota, and Josh Harding made 34 saves.

The Wild lost 6-2 to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday to end a four-game winning streak.

"It was a huge answer from our club," said Harding, who was pulled in the second period Tuesday after allowing three straight goals to Max Pacioretty. "We know that [Tuesday] wasn't our best day, but it was a huge win today. A couple of big goals by a couple of key players, and it was a fun building to play in, actually."

Minnesota (14-5-4) has at least a point in 13 of its past 15 games (11-2-2). Koivu and Zach Parise had two assists each.

Milan Michalek drew Ottawa even at 3-3 with a power-play goal at 8:57 of the third. Michalek put away a rebound of Mika Zibanejad's shot from the left point for his fourth goal.

Kyle Turris and Zibanejad scored in the first period for the Senators (8-10-4), who have lost three in a row, including 5-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

"It's very disappointing," Turris said. "It's frustrating, especially since we came out with probably our best first period of the year. We played a pretty solid game, but again, there were one or two mistakes that we let happen that they capitalized on."

Anderson stopped 21 shots in his fourth start in five games for Ottawa since he was sidelined because of a sore neck.

Ottawa's Clarke MacArthur made a highlight-reel play to set up a shorthanded goal by Turris that gave the Senators a 1-0 lead 5:54 into the game.

"That's not just highlight of the night, and should be in the mix for highlight of the year," Turris said. "It was one of the best plays I've ever seen."

MacArthur dropped the puck back on a rush down the right side and put his stick between his legs to feed a pass behind Wild defenseman Ryan Suter to Turris, who beat Harding with a shot from the slot.

"That's stuff you do after practice or messin' around, and you do it in the summer leagues, and stuff like that," MacArthur said. "I wasn't going up the ice saying, 'I'm going to go through my legs here to [Turris].' It was just quick instinct where I didn't have any other option to be able to get it back, and it ended up working out where he drove the net and got the shot off.

"As good of a pass it was, it was a great play by him just to get there and get the shot off too."

Jason Pominville was unable to handle Parise's saucer pass back to the blue line early in Minnesota's first power play of the game, which caused the turnover that led to MacArthur's rush.

"I played it as a 2-on-2; I should have probably played it as a 2-on-1," Suter said. "It is what it was. It was a good play and you've got to give him credit for it."

The Wild recovered to tie it 59 seconds later when Parise set up Pominville's 13th goal at 6:53.

"It was important," Suter said. "We knew that we [messed] up on the power play. We knew that we had to get back on the horse, and we were able to capitalize."

Zibanejad restored Ottawa's one-goal lead at 2-1 with his fifth goal at 11:11.

Brodin scored his fourth goal 3:00 into the second period. The 20-year-old defenseman took a pass back to the right point from Heatley and beat Anderson with a long wrist shot to tie it 2-2.

Heatley, a two-time 50-goal scorer with the Senators, gave the Wild their first lead at 6:15. He fanned on his initial attempt to recover a puck behind the Ottawa net but made a second attempt and reached past Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, who waved his stick at the puck as Heatley put a soft shot between Anderson's pads.

Minnesota plays the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday after splitting the first two games of its four-game road trip. Ottawa begins a three-game trip Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.

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