RW Loui Eriksson netted the game-winning goal to lift Boston over Minnesota, 3-2, on Wednesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 18,841 at Xcel Energy Center. C Kyle Brodziak and RW Jason Pominville scored for the Wild. G Niklas Backstrom made 22 saves through overtime. Next up, Minnesota plays its second contest of a four-game homestand Saturday against Nashville at 7:00 p.m. on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota outshot Boston, 37-25, including a 20-5 advantage in the second period. The Wild has totaled a 971-776 advantage through 30 games. The Wild moved to 9-3-2 at Xcel Energy Center, where it has outscored opponents, 47-36.
The Wild completed its fourth of 13 sets of back-to-back games this season. Minnesota has posted a 2-0-2 record on the second night while posting a 4-2-2 record when opponents are playing their second night.
The Wild killed both of the Bruins power-play chances. The Bruins are 3-for-45 (6.7%) against Minnesota in 16 all-time meetings while the Wild is 17-for-63 (27.0%) with the man advantage against Boston. Minnesota has killed 49-of-56 (87.5%) of opponent power-play opportunities combined in the last 18 games dating back to Nov. 8. Over the last 16 games, the Wild’s power play has outscored its opponents’ man advantage 10-6.
RW Jason Pominville skated in his 700th NHL career game, netting the game-tying goal with 8:21 left in the third. He has posted points in eight of his last 11 games, totaling nine points (3-6=9) in that time. He ranks second on the Wild with 21 points (7-14=21) in 30 games this season. He leads the team in shots (161) this year. He has totaled 546 points (226-320=546) over parts of 10 seasons with Buffalo and Minnesota in his 700 games.
D Ryan Suter also skated in his 700th NHL career game, skating a game-high 31:46 and tallying the sole assist on Pominville’s goal. He leads the Wild in assists and has 19 points (1-18=19) in 28 games and is second with a plus-7 rating. He has led all skaters - Wild and opponents – in all but two of his 28 games this season. The blue liner has totaled 332 points (51-281=332) in his 700 career contests and has only missed a total of 34 regular-season games, including his first two with Minnesota this season.
C Kyle Brodziak scored the Wild’s first goal of the game and his fourth of the season. He has six points (4-2=6) in 24 games this year.
Two games after being recalled on Monday, LW Brett Sutter registered his first point in a Wild jersey, tallying the secondary assist on Brodziak’s goal.
C Mikko Koivu won 14-of-23 faceoffs (60.9%) on the night. He has points in eight of his last 11 games (Nov. 24), totaling 10 points (3-7=10) in that span.
D Jared Spurgeon returned to the lineup after missing two games, skating 22:21 with three shots and two blocked shots. He leads the team with 60 blocked shots this season.
C Charlie Coyle has tallied at least three hits in 10 of the last 13 games, totaling 41 in that span. He leads the Wild with 64 hits and has 11 points (2-9=11) in 30 games this season.
G Niklas Backstrom made 22 saves through overtime in his 10th start, moving to 5-3-2 in 13 games this season.
RW Loui Eriksson netted the overtime winner while C Carl Soderberg and C Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston. G Niklas Svedberg made 35 saves through overtime to earn the win in his first career action against Minnesota.