LW Guillaume Latendresse
scored twice, including the tying-goal with 1:33 left in regulation, G Josh Harding
made 13 saves in 25 minutes of perfect relief and stopped seven-of-eight shootout attempts and RW Owen Nolan scored his first career shootout goal on his fifth attempt, as the Minnesota Wild rallied from a four-goal third period deficit for a stunning 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in front of 19,310 – the largest crowd of the season at Xcel Energy Center. C Mikko Koivu
, D Kim Johnsson and D Marek Zidlicky scored a goal apiece for Minnesota, which became the first team to win a game after trailing by four goals in the third period since Philadelphia, against Carolina, on Dec. 11, 2008. The Wild, which earned its first win ever when trailing by four goals, plays host to Pittsburgh on Monday at 7 p.m. in a nationally televised game on VERSUS.
The last NHL team to earn a victory after trailing by four goals in the third period was Philadelphia, against Carolina on Dec. 11, 2008. The Flyers trailed 5-1 in the third period and won 6-5 in a shootout.
Minnesota has broken a team’s five-game winning streak in each of its last two games. The Wild beat Calgary 4-1 on Wednesday.
LW Guillaume Latendresse
scored two goals, giving him 11 this season – nine with Minnesota. He extended his point streak to three games (3-1=4). Guillaume’s career-high point streak is four games, set most recently from Oct. 11-18, 2008 (1-5=6).
RW Martin Havlat posted two assists and has a seven-game point streak (1-7=8) to set a personal season-high, and also tie LW Andrew Brunette for the team season-high. Havlat has points in 13 of his last 15 games since Dec. 11, with 17 points (5-12=17) in that span. Havlat’s career-high point streak of nine was set with Chicago from Feb. 14-March 3, 2009. Havlat is tied for third on the Wild roster with 28 points (7-21=28).
C Mikko Koivu
scored his 12th goal of the season. The Wild is 17-3-1 when Koivu scores a goal, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.
C Kyle Brodziak
recorded an assist, moving his point streak to three games (1-3=4) to tie a career-high. Brodziak most recently had a three-game point streak Oct. 31-Nov. 7, 2009.
D Kim Johnsson scored his sixth goal of the season – tying his highest total since the 2005-06 season.
C Andrew Ebbett picked up his first assist in 30 games this season.
D Greg Zanon notched his seventh assist of the season – tying his career-high, set in 2008-09.
The Wild’s four-goal third period was one off the team record, set Oct. 19, 2005, in a 6-1 win over San Jose.
Minnesota has yielded four or more goals in five of the last six games. The Wild is 7-17-2 when allowing three or more goals, and is 17-5-2 when scoring three or more this season.
Chicago had yielded just 27 third-period goals – tied for the fewest in the NHL – and fell to 21-2-0 when leading after two. Minnesota improved to 6-17-1 when trailing after two – the most wins in the NHL in that situation.
The Wild is 4-3 in shootouts, while the Blackhawks fell to 4-4. Minnesota improved to 8-3 after regulation, tying a team record for overtime/shootout wins.