D Marek Zidlicky snapped a tie with 38.8 seconds left in regulation, G Niklas Backstrom
made 21 saves and LW Guillaume Latendresse
added a goal, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in front of 18,086 at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota won its fourth straight home game and improved to 9-2-1 since Nov. 20. The Wild begins a two-game road trip Thursday in Montreal.
D Marek Zidlicky scored the game-winning goal with 38.8 seconds left in regulation. It marked his third goal of the season – first in 15 games since Nov. 10 in Toronto.
LW Guillaume Latendresse
snapped a six game streak without a point with a second period goal. It marked Latendresse’s third goal in 10 games since being acquired from Montreal.
C Mikko Koivu
picked up an assist on both Wild goals, increasing his team-leading point total to 32 (9-23=32).
RW Martin Havlat recorded an assist, extending his point streak to three games (2-4=6) to tie a season-high. Havlat has eight points (2-6=8) in his last six games.
Seven of the Wild’s last eight home games have been decided by one goal. Minnesota is 5-1-1 in those games. Twelve of the Wild’s 14 home games this season have been decided by one goal (9-2-1).
The Wild is 10-3-1 at Xcel Energy Center this season and is 16-3-5 in its last 24 games at home dating back to Feb.19. Minnesota has its first four-game home winning streak since ending the 2007-08 season with six straight wins (3/15/08-4/3/08). The Wild 10-1-1 in its last 12 games at home against Columbus, with five of the last six meetings at home being decided by one goal.
The Wild has played in 22 one-goal games this season to lead the NHL (13-6-3). Minnesota’s 13 one-goal wins are now tops in the NHL.
Minnesota has given up the game’s first goal in 12 of its last 14 contests, but is 9-3-2 during that stretch. The Wild has trailed at some point in 11 of its 16 wins. The Wild is 9-11-2 when allowing the first goal. Only one other NHL team has more wins in that situation, San Jose at 10-7-4.
Minnesota is 0-for-19 on the power play in its last five games overall, the first time it has gone five consecutive games without a PPG since 1/12/07-1/20/07. The Wild also had a streak of five consecutive home games with a PPG snapped.