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Post Game Notes vs. Nashville

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
C Andrew Ebbett scored his first career game-winning goal with 3:34 left in overtime, LW Guillaume Latendresse scored and set up Ebbett’s goal, and C Mikko Koivu had a goal and an assist, as the Minnesota Wild rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators in front of 18,071 at Xcel Energy Center. C Kyle Brodziak and LW Andrew Brunette recorded two assists each, RW Antti Miettinen and RW Cal Clutterbuck netted a goal apiece and G Niklas Backstrom earned a team-record 66th all-time home win for Minnesota, which has points in five straight games (4-0-1) for the first time since the opening month of the 2008-09 season. The Wild plays host to Anaheim on Friday at 7 p.m.

C Andrew Ebbett notched his second goal in four games with the Wild since being acquired on waivers from Chicago. It marked Ebbett’s 11th career goal and his first game-winner.

The Wild has won three straight games for the first time since the final three games of the 2008-09 season. Minnesota is 4-0-1 in its last five, its first time picking up points in five straight games since a 6-0-1 start to 2008-09.

LW Andrew Brunette had two assists and ranks second on the team with 21 points (9-12=21). Brunette has a point in five of his last seven games, with eight points (2-6=8) in that span.

C Mikko Koivu posted a goal and an assist and leads the Wild in assists (19) and points (26). Koivu has a point in eight of his last 11 games, with 14 points (3-11=14) in that span.

RW Antti Miettinen scored his fourth goal of the season – third in his last four games played.

G Niklas Backstrom made 31 saves to earn his 66th all-time win at Xcel Energy Center to move ahead of Manny Fernandez for most wins by a goaltender at home in franchise history.

C Kyle Brodziak tied a career-high with two assists and two points.

LW Guillaume Latendresse scored his second goal in as many games and added an assist. Latendresse has played in three games since being acquired from Montreal on Nov. 23.

Predators LW Steve Sullivan (2-2=4) became the 11th player to record at least four points against Minnesota, and the fifth to do so at Xcel Energy Center. The last was Chicago’s Dustin Byufglien (2-2=4) on Dec. 28, 2008.

Minnesota posted its first three-goal first period this season.

The Wild won for the 10th time all-time at home (10-31-3) when allowing four or more goals. This marks the fourth time Minnesota has won such a game against Nashville, though, including each of the last three wins when allowing four or more. The Wild improved to 95-3-3 when scoring four or more goals at home.

The Wild is 3-0 in overtime, while Nashville fell to 2-1.

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