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Matt Dumba, Wild defeat Senators in overtime

Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper makes 35 saves in win

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Matt Dumba scored 3:57 into overtime to help the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday.

After Wild forward Mikael Granlund skated the puck down through the slot from the blue line, he passed the puck in front of the net and Dumba dove to knock it by Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and into the net.

Ryan Suter scored a shorthanded goal for the Wild (8-5-1) and goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who started his third game of the season, made 35 saves. 


WATCH: All Senators vs. Wild highlights 


Kyle Turris scored and Craig Anderson made 40 saves for the Senators (9-5-1), who failed to win their third straight.

Dumba said he welcomes the opportunity to play the 3-on-3 format in overtime.

"I love it," he said. "It's what you dream of when you're a little kid. Tonight, I seized the opportunity. Just lucky it came to me and I saw it there and it just rolled in. It hit something and it threw me off. I just got a piece of it. It seemed like forever me watching it going into the net."

Video: MIN@OTT: Dumba dives to score OT game-winner

The Wild finished with a split of their four-game road trip, which saw them play their past three games in four nights.

The game was a good bounce back for Kuemper, who gave up five goals on 32 shots in a loss to the New York Islanders in his previous start on Oct. 23.

"It's nice," Kuemper said. "Looking at the schedule going forward, it's going to pick up. We have a lot more games. It looks like I'm going to be getting more starts more regularly, so it's nice to get one like this under my belt so I can be confident next time my number is called."

Turris tied the game 1-1 at 5:06 of the third period.

The Senators had the first four power plays of the game, but their struggles with the man-advantage continued. They went 0-for-4 on Sunday and are 1-for-26 on the in the past 11 games.

"It's a big point," Senators coach Guy Boucher said. "Those points, they matter at the end. You make [the Stanley Cup Playoffs] or you don't, by one, two or three points. That point we got tonight is huge."


Goal of the game

Suter scored the Wild's second shorthanded goal of the season at 8:36 of the first period to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead. Wild forward Eric Staal cut towards the net and got a shot on Anderson with the rebound going back out into the slot. Suter was unchecked and scored his fourth goal of the season.

Video: MIN@OTT: Suter opens the scoring with SHG late in 1st


Save of the game

With the game tied 1-1 seven minutes into the third period, Kuemper moved strongly to his left to get his glove on a shot by Senators defenseman Cody Ceci.

Video: MIN@OTT: Kuemper denies Hoffman, robs Dzingel in 3rd


Highlight of the game

Wild forward Nino Niederreiter jumped off the bench and got a breakaway from the Ottawa blue line four minutes into the second period. He faked to the right, went to his forehand but had his shot stopped by Anderson's blocker.

Video: MIN@OTT: Anderson denies Niederreiter's breakaway


Unsung moment of the game

With two minutes to go in the first period, Niederreiter put a strong check on Ceci, who had snuck down from the right point and was a threat to score.


They said it

"He was really good. I'm really happy for him. He hadn't played in a while and in the last game he would admit he wasn't as sharp as he'd like to be, but this gets him back into the fray, especially when we're playing 10 games in 17 days." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on goaltender Darcy Kuemper


"Every day, we're concerned about getting better at everything. Obviously that's one of the areas we need to (improve)." -- Ottawa coach Guy Boucher after the Senators were held to two or fewer goals for the ninth straight game


"We're playing the right way, we're getting some opportunities, we're just not able to capitalize. The positive out of not scoring right now is that even though those guys may be showing some frustration, they're still doing their job on the defensive side of the puck, which is allowing us to get points, and be in each game. The goals will come. It's the law of averages. Sooner or later." -- Senators goalie Craig Anderson


Video: MIN@OTT: Young fan is excited to get a puck


Need to know

Senators defenseman Marc Methot left the game in the second period because of a lower-body injury and did not return. Boucher had a hint Methot might not be able to finish the game, which is why he opted to dress seven defensemen and scratched forward Matt Puempel. … Ottawa has scored 13 goals in its past nine games and hasn't scored more than three goals in a game since a 3-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 25.


What's next

Wild: Host the Calgary Flames on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, SNW, NHL.TV)

Senators: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-PH, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV)


Video: Suter, Dumba lead offense past Senators in OT

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