RW Niclas Bergfors snapped a tie with 8:55 left in regulation and G Johan Hedberg made 36 saves, as the Atlanta Thrashers defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in front of 18,257 at Xcel Energy Center. LW Andrew Brunette and C Andrew Ebbett scored a goal apiece, and G Niklas Backstrom
made 21 saves for Minnesota, which has lost two straight home games in regulation for just the second time this year. The Wild, which outshot Atlanta 38-24, finishes a five-game homestand Sunday against Vancouver at 2 p.m. before taking a two-week break for the Olympics.
LW Andrew Brunette scored his 16th goal of the season – ninth on the power play. Brunette’s nine power-play goals tie his total from last season, and he is two off his career-high of 11, set in 2005-06 with Colorado. Brunette’s 44 power-play goals with the Wild trail only Marian Gaborik’s 59 for the team record.
C Andrew Ebbett scored his sixth goal this season – his fifth with Minnesota. Ebbett is two goals off his career-high of eight, set last season in Anaheim.
C Mikko Koivu
picked up two assists and has five helpers in his last five games. The Wild is 10-4-0 this season when Koivu has two or more points. Koivu leads the Wild with 54 points (16-38=54).
RW Cal Clutterbuck
notched his first assist in 21 games dating back to Dec. 28.
D Brent Burns played in his 357th game – tying D Filip Kuba for seventh on the Wild’s all-time list.
G Niklas Backstrom
made 21 saves and dropped to 11-2-3 in his career against the Southeast Division.
Minnesota fell to 8-4-3 against the Eastern Conference this season.
Atlanta outscored the Wild 1-0 in the third becoming just the second team to outscore Minnesota in the third period of its last 11 home games.
The Wild fell to 19-11-4 in one-goal games.
Minnesota has lost back-to-back home games in regulation for just the second time this season, the other coming Dec. 31-Jan. 2.
The Thrashers improved to 11-2-2 when tied after two periods. Minnesota fell to 9-5-2.