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Postgame Hat Trick: Hurricanes 4, Wild 3 (OT)

Wild overcome two-goal deficit, but fall in overtime at Xcel Energy Center

by Tyler Savitsky / Wild.com

Wild.com's Tyler Savitsky gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-3 overtime loss against the Carolina Hurricanes at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday afternoon:

1. The Wild once again had to come from behind.

For the fifth time in its last six games, the Wild gave up the first two goals of the game and once again faced an uphill battle.

Brad Hunt had a chance on net almost immediately after the opening faceoff and the Wild kept the puck in the Carolina zone for the first minute before the game turned the other way.

Joel Edmundson opened up the scoresheet 3:56 into the opening frame for Carolina after his shot from the point was deflected off of Luke Kunin's stick.

Just 121 seconds later, Brock McGinn doubled the Hurricanes lead, finding the puck in front of the net after a Teuvo Teravainen shot and he lifted the puck over Devan Dubnyk's right shoulder.

Luke Kunin put the Wild on the board 4:27 into the second period to cut the deficit to one. Kunin found an empty spot in the slot and finished Jonas Brodin's pass past Carolina's goalkeeper James Reiner.

Video: CAR@MIN: Brodin sets up Kunin's one-time finish


2. Minnesota's first shorthanded goal of the season invigorated the stadium.

Down 3-1 in the second period, the Wild's offensive spark came in atypical way.

With Carolina on the power play, Mikko Koivu was able to take advantage of a Andrei Svechnikov mistake and go on a 2-on-1 the other way with Zach Parise. Koivu tried to finish it himself, but Dougie Hamilton got his stick in the way and the puck bounced toward the corner.

Koivu was able to keep possession of the puck and find Matt Dumba for another 2-on-1 with Parise. Dumba found Parise in front of the net and he was stopped by Reiner before following up his own rebound.

Video: CAR@MIN: Parise buries rebound for shorthanded goal

The assist was the 100th of Dumba's career. He became just the fifth Wild defenseman all-time to reach that milestone.

Less than a minute and a half later, Carson Soucy scored the first goal of his career to knot the score up at three. Soucy took a pass from Victor Rask and beat Reiner glove side 17:04 into the second period.

Video: CAR@MIN: Soucy goes top shelf for first NHL goal


3. Minnesota continues to add points at home.

Jordan Greenway nearly gave the Wild a lead midway through the third period when he used his body to get to the net and beat Reiner through the five hole, but Reiner got the back of his skate on the puck and knocked it off the post before the puck was cleared out. Chances were scarce the rest of regulation, before the Wild fell 4-3 in overtime.

The Wild had a good chance on one end, with Luke Kunin's shot getting saved by Reiner, Carolina raced down the other way and Andrei Svechnikov ripped a shot past Devan Dubnyk to give the Hurricanes the win 1:33 into the extra period.

Although the Wild did not come out on top, the Wild have now come away with points in six straight games at Xcel Energy Center since losing to the Penguins in its home opener. It is 4-0-2 in that span, outscoring its opponents 21-14.

But, as it has felt all season, Minnesota is going right back on the road again. The Wild will play seven of its next nine games on the road, first a one-game trip to Buffalo on Tuesday, before a three-game road trip on to the East Coast to face the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils and then ending with a three-game trip to Florida, Tampa Bay and Carolina.

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