LW Guillaume Latendresse
scored the shootout game-winner, RW Antti Miettinen’s second goal of the game forced overtime with 1:41 left in regulation, C Mikko Koivu
had two goals and an assist and LW Andrew Brunette supplied three assists, as the Minnesota Wild rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final five minutes and went on to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 in front of 18,265 at Xcel Energy Center. G Niklas Backstrom
made 18 saves for Minnesota, which has won four straight for the first time since the beginning of the 2008-09 season and is 5-0-1 in its last six. The Wild begins a five-game road trip Saturday in Nashville.
C Mikko Koivu
posted two goals and an assist and leads the Wild in assists (20) and points (29). Koivu, who notched his sixth career two-goal game, has a point in nine of his last 12 games, with 17 points (6-11=17) in that span. He also has eight points (3-5=8) in his last four games. The Wild is 15-2-1 when Koivu scores a goal dating back to Dec. 19, 2008. Minnesota is 23-5-4 all-time when Koivu scores a goal at home, including 10 straight wins. The Wild is 12-1-0 overall when Koivu has three or more points.
LW Andrew Brunette had his first three-assist game since Oct. 3, 2007, and ranks second on the team with 24 points (9-15=24). Brunette has a point in six of his last eight games, with 11 points (2-9=11) in that span.
RW Antti Miettinen scored two third period goals for his sixth career two-goal game. Miettinen, who added an assist, has five goals in his last five games played.
D Marek Zidlicky had two assists, giving him five in his last five games. Zidlicky leads Wild defensemen in assists (14) and points (16).
D Kim Johnsson played in his 699th NHL game.
The Wild is 11-2-2 when it scores three or more goals this season and 1-10-1 when it scores less than three goals.
Minnesota is 4-0-1 at home when wearing its third jersey this season.
Minnesota allowed the first goal for the seventh time in eight games, including five straight. The Wild improved to 6-9-2 when allowing the first goal.
The Wild has trailed in eight of its 12 victories, including three rallies from at least two goals down – one coming in a 4-3 OT win over Anaheim on Oct. 6. Minnesota also has won 10 of its 12 games by one goal and is 10-5-3 in one-goal games.
Minnesota is now 3-3 in shootouts, while Anaheim is 2-2