RW Michael Frolik and LW Cory Stillman scored third period goals and Stillman added the shootout game-winner, as the Florida Panthers rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit for a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild in front of 18,191 at Xcel Energy Center. G Niklas Backstrom
made 29 saves, and C Mikko Koivu
and LW Robbie Earl scored a goal apiece for Minnesota, which was outshot 31-11 and plays at Detroit on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (ct).
Minnesota was outshot 31-11. The Wild tied a franchise record for fewest shots on goal in a game overall, and set a team record for fewest shots in a home game. Minnesota became the first NHL team held to 11 shots in a home game since Atlanta, against Tampa Bay, on Oct. 5, 2006. The Wild also tied the NHL-low for shots on goal by any team this season. Columbus had 11 shots at Los Angeles on March 8, 2010.
C Mikko Koivu
recorded his 18th goal of the season – two off his career-high. Koivu scored his sixth PPG this season – first since Dec. 17 in Montreal.
LW Robbie Earl scored his sixth goal – first in nine games played since Jan. 23 against Columbus. The Wild is 14-6-4 with Earl in the lineup.
G Nick Schultz notched his first assist in 14 games – his 14th helper of the season to set a new personal-best. Schultz had 13 assists in 2007-08. Schultz has 15 points (1-14=15) – one off his career-high (6-10=16), set in 2003-04.
RW Petr Kalus made his Wild debut and skated 6:41.
The Wild is 7-1-2 all-time vs. Florida, but had a seven-game winning streak snapped in the series tonight.
Minnesota is 12-2-5 in regular season home games in March and April in the last two-plus seasons.
The Wild led 2-0 after one period – just its second two-goal lead after 20 minutes this season. Minnesota led 2-0 over Dallas on Nov. 7, 2009.
Minnesota is 4-6 in shootouts, while Florida is 6-8.