LW Zach Parise scored a power-play goal 27 seconds into overtime to lead the Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in front of 18,703 fans at Xcel Energy Center Tuesday night. LW Jason Zucker scored with 4:19 left in regulation to tie the game for Minnesota, while G Niklas Backstrom made 20 saves in the victory. The Wild heads to Phoenix for a meeting with the Coyotes Thursday at 8 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3.
Five of the last seven meetings between the Wild and Flames have been decided by one goal; all of those seven contests have been decided by no more than two goals. Eleven of the Wild’s 18 games this season have been decided by one goal – including six of the last eight. The Wild is now 7-2-2 in one-goal games.
The Wild moved to 7-2-1 on home ice this season, including a current streak of points in four straight home games (3-0-1).
Minnesota moved to 2-5-1 when trailing after two periods, while Calgary moved to 5-0-2 when leading after two periods this season.
The Wild played in its sixth extra-session game of the season, moving to 2-1 in overtime. Calgary dropped to 1-1 in overtime.
G Niklas Backstrom made 20 saves in the win. He is now 3-2-1 in his last six starts, allowing one goal in four of the six starts. He has a 1.45 GAA and a .943 SV% in that span.
LW Zach Parise scored his eighth career overtime winner, his first since Jan. 11, 2012 at Edmonton.
D Ryan Suter netted two assists and now has seven assists in his last eight games. He ranks first on the Wild with 11 assists this season and now has 10 points (3-7=10) in 31 career games versus Calgary.
LW Jason Zucker now has two goals and a +3 rating in four games this season.
Calgary LW Alex Tanguay scored for the Flames and is now fifth among all Wild opponents in points (46) and T-7th in goals (16).
Minnesota’s seven power plays were its most since eight Jan. 25 at Detroit. The Wild allowed a season-high seven power plays, its most since March 1, 2012 at Montreal.
The Wild allowed one goal, dropping its goals-against average to 2.33, eight-best in the NHL.
C Mikael Granlund posted a +1 rating on his 21st birthday.