ST. PAUL, Minn. - Nino Niederreiter tapped in the go-ahead goal with 4:33 left and capped a furious comeback by the Minnesota Wild in a 5-4 win over the New York Islanders 5-4 on Tuesday night.
The Wild trailed 3-0 after the first period and 4-1 at the second intermission, but they were fired up midway through the game. Defenceman Keith Ballard was sent to a hospital after his head bounced hard on the ice, following a hit from Matt Martin.
Jason Pominville, Mikko Koivu, Erik Haula and Thomas Vanek scored for the Wild, and Niederreiter followed with the most dramatic goal against the team that chose him No. 5 in the 2010 draft.
Chad Johnson, who made 25 saves for the Islanders, whacked his stick against the boards near the bench at the next whistle.
New York lost its second straight after leading 3-0 in the first.