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Postgame Hat Trick: Rangers 4, Wild 3 (SO)

Rangers tie game late, defeat Wild in shootout

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-3 shootout loss against the New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Thursday night:

1. The Wild couldn't hold on late.

Leading 3-1 in the third period, you knew the Rangers would come with a push in the final 20 ... and they did. 

Pavel Buchnevich banked a goal in off a pair of Wild players to get it to 3-2 before New York struck with the extra attacker to force overtime, and eventually a shootout. 

In the skills competition, the Rangers got goals from Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin while Ryan Donato and Zach Parise were unsuccessful. 


2. Kevin Fiala's scoring streak was snapped, but others stepped up.

Fiala entered with five goals and 10 points over his past five games, but was held off the scoresheet for the first time since the loss to Boston on Feb. 1.

But in his place, the Wild got contributions from others who haven't been as common.

Video: NYR@MIN: Brodin buries Greenway's pass by Georgiev

Jonas Brodin, for example, hadn't scored a goal since Nov. 19, his only goal of the season entering the night ... but his first-period blast gave the Wild a 2-1 lead. He later assisted on Jordan Greenway's second-period marker for his first multi-point effort in nearly two months (Dec. 14 vs. Philadelphia) and his fourth of the season overall. 

Greenway's goal snapped a six-game drought.

Video: NYR@MIN: Greenway redirects Brodin's shot home


3. In what has been a milestone season, Mikko Koivu added another one to his ledger.

His assist on Ryan Donato's first-period goal was the 500th of his NHL career, making him the 14th active player to reach 500 and the 147th player in NHL history.

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