C Mike Fisher scored twice in the last three minutes, as the Nashville Predators rallied from a three-goal, third period deficit for a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.
LW Dany Heatley
scored twice in the first period and added an assist, and RW Cal Clutterbuck
and C Kyle Brodziak
each scored for Minnesota. C Matt Cullen
and RW Nick Johnson
posted two assists each for Minnesota. The Wild, which begins a three-game road trip Thursday in Colorado, returns home Feb. 9 and plays 18 of its final 29 games at Xcel Energy Center. Nashville won for the 10th time in 11 games.
RW Dany Heatley
recorded his 60th career two-goal game and added an assist. He has four goals in a three-game goal streak and has seven points (4-3=7) in that span, including a pair of three-point games. Heatley leads the Wild with 37 points (17-20=37) in 50 games.
RW Cal Clutterbuck
has 13 goals – including a tally in each of the team’s last three home games. Ten of his 13 goals this season, and 36 of the 56 in his career, have come at home. His 36 goals at Xcel Energy Center are seventh-most all-time.
C Kyle Brodziak
scored his 14th goal of the season – two off his career-high, set last season.
C Matt Cullen
recorded two assists. He has a helper in three straight games – a season-high – with four assists in that stretch.
RW Nick Johnson
tied a career-high with two assists. Johnson, who represented the Wild as a rookie at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, also had two helpers Dec. 8 at Los Angeles.
The Wild has a PPG in three straight games for the second time this season – the other was a four-game stretch Nov. 19-Nov. 27.
Minnesota lost in regulation when scoring four goals for the first time since a 7-4 loss at Colorado on Nov. 27, 2010. The Wild hadn’t lost in regulation when scoring four goals at home since a 6-5 decision to Colorado on Dec. 1, 2008.
Predators G Pekka Rinne is 10-0-0 in his last 10 starts.