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Postgame Hat Trick: Panthers 5, Wild 4

Florida scores late goal to steal victory in St. Paul

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 5-4 loss against the Florida Panthers at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Monday night:

1. Minnesota lost a heartbreaker. 

The Panthers rallied late from a one-goal deficit and scored the game-winning goal with 5.6 seconds left in regulation. Noel Acciari deflected the shot by Alex Stalock after Minnesota had rallied from a one-goal third-period deficit of its own.

The victory in regulation snapped a ridiculous stretch of games for the Panthers in Minnesota; the Wild entered the game with a 10-0-1 record at Xcel Energy Center against Florida. No more. 


2. Luke Kunin scored a shorthanded goal.

Shorties have been in short supply for the Wild this season; Kunin's second-period tally, one that tied the game at 2-2, was only the third of the season for Minnesota. 

Entering the game, the Wild's two shorthanded markers was tied for fewest in the league with four other teams. All four of those clubs (Boston, Tampa Bay, Edmonton and Arizona) currently sit inside the playoff bubble, so it wasn't like it was a harbinger of bad things. 

Still, you can't count on scoring shorthanded goals, and when you do, they're typically a good sign. 

For Kunin, who finished off a great feed from Joel Eriksson Ek, it was his second career shorty and first since Oct. 26, 2017, his first year in the League. 


3. The Wild's power play is up and running.

After going through a lengthy stretch of games where it was often a liability, Minnesota's man advantage has been an absolute game-changer on the current homestand. 

The power play has scored at least one goal in four consecutive contests and for the second-straight game, scored multiple times. 

During the current three-game stretch on home ice, the power play is clicking at a 60 percent clip (6-of-10). After going 3-for-3 in a 7-0 win against Dallas on Saturday, it converted 2-of-4 against the Panthers. 

Jared Spurgeon connected on a power-play goal in the first period Monday, but it was Parise's goal just eight seconds into a third-period man advantage that tied the game up, setting the stage for Kunin's second of the night less than three minutes later.

For Parise, it was his 19th goal of the season and his fourth consecutive game with a goal. He has been on a tear, scoring five times during that stretch after going 10 games without a goal. 

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