RW Antti Miettinen scored with 1:24 left in overtime, G Niklas Backstrom
made 27 saves and RW Martin Havlat scored a goal in regulation, as the Minnesota Wild edged the Anaheim Ducks, 2-1, in front of 16,890 at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota is at Detroit (note new 6:30 p.m. ct start time) on Friday before returning home to take on the New York Rangers on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.
G Niklas Backstrom
made 27 saves to move to 8-4-2 this season, with a 1.90 GAA and a .938 SV%. This season at Xcel Energy Center, Backstrom is 6-2-1 with a 1.53 GAA and a .950 SV%. In his last five home games, Backstrom is 4-1-0 with a 0.99 GAA and a .967 SV%, allowing one goal or less four times in five attempts.
G Niklas Backstrom
is 5-1-0 with a 1.94 GAA and a .924 SV% at home versus the Ducks in his career.
RW Antti Miettinen scored his first career overtime game-winner, with 1:24 left in the extra session. It marked Miettinen’s fifth goal this season.
G Marco Scandella
, playing his third NHL game, logged a career-high 21:09 and picked up his first NHL assist on the overtime game-winner.
RW Martin Havlat scored his second goal this season. The Wild is 12-5-1 all-time when Havlat scores a goal, including five straight wins. Havlat has eight points (2-6=8) in his last seven games, with at least one point in all but one of those games.
He has a goal in back-to-back home games. Last season, Havlat didn’t record his second home goal until Jan. 11 – the Wild’s 22nd home game. This season, Havlat has 14 points (2-12=14) – tied for second on the Wild roster.
The Wild is 5-1-0 in its last six home games against Anaheim including four straight wins. Minnesota is 10-2-0 in the last 12 home tilts versus the Ducks. Each of the last three meetings in St. Paul has gone to overtime/shootout.
Minnesota improved to 2-0-1 against the Pacific Division. The Wild went just 5-14-1 versus the Pacific last season.
Minnesota is 4-1-1 in its last six home games, and 5-1-1 in the last seven. In the last three home games, neither team has held more than a one goal lead.
The Wild is 1-0 in overtime this season, while Anaheim fell to 2-2.
The Wild is 2-2-1 when failing to score a PPG.