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Postgame Notes vs. New York Islanders - Dec. 9

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

Minnesota overcame a three-goal deficit to earn the win, 5-4, against New York on Tuesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 18,904 at Xcel Energy Center. C Mikko Koivu, RW Nino Niederreiter, LW Thomas Vanek, RW Jason Pominville and LW Erik Haula each scored for the Wild. G Niklas Backstrom made 15 saves to earn the win in his 400th career NHL game. Next up, Minnesota begins a three-game road trip, visiting San Jose on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Minnesota earned a regulation victory after trailing by at least three goals for the first time in franchise history.

Minnesota outshot New York, 30-19, and has only been outshot in three games this season. The Wild has totaled a 851-652 advantage through 26 games. The Wild played its final contest of a four-game homestand and moved to 9-3-1 at Xcel Energy Center, where it has outscored opponents, 45-33.

The Islanders power-play goal at 17:15 in the first period ended the Wild’s streak of killing 16 straight power-play chances, dating back to Tampa Bay on Nov. 22. Minnesota has killed 41-of-45 (91.1%) of opponent power-play opportunities combined in the last 14 games dating back to Nov. 8. Minnesota ranks second in the NHL with a 88.9% penalty kill percentage (72-for-81). Over the last 12 games, the Wild’s power play has outscored its opponents’ man advantage 8-3.

D Ryan Suter returned to the lineup after missing two games, registering his sixth career three-point game with three assists on the night. He leads the Wild in assists and has 16 points (1-15-16) in 24 games this season. He skated a game-high 29:08 TOI and has led all skaters - Wild and opponents – in all but two of his 24 games this season.

C Mikko Koivu used a goal and an assist to earn his 108th career multi-point game, second this season. He also has a five-game point streak (3-3=6), tied with Pominville and Parise for the team’s longest point streak of the season. He has 13 points (5-8=13) points this season. The Wild captain won 22-of-30 faceoffs (73.3%) on the night.

LW Zach Parise tallied the secondary assist on Vanek’s goal. He extends his point streak to five games, registering eight points (2-6=8) in that span. He now has 41 points (17-24=41) in 44 contests against the Islanders – his most against any NHL team. He leads the Wild with 22 points (10-12=22) in 21 games this season.

RW Jason Pominville extending his point streak to five games (2-3=5), tallying his sixth goal of the season. He has six points (2-4=6) in his last seven games. He ranks second on the Wild with 18 points (6-12=18) in 26 games.

LW Thomas Vanek earned his 158th multi-point game, tallying a goal and an assist. He ranks third on the Wild 16 points (3-13=16) in 26 games this season.

RW Nino Niederreiter scored his team-leading 12th goal and third game-winning goal of the season. He has nine points (8-1=9) in his last 12 games. The Wild is 9-1-0 when he scores. He has 15 points (12-3=15) in 26 games.

LW Jason Zucker tallied the primary assist on Koivu’s goal. He has six points (4-2=6) in his last seven games. He ranks T-2nd on the team in goals and has 14 points (10-4=14) in 26 games.

G Niklas Backstrom played in his 400th career NHL game, making 15 saves. He is 4-2-0 with a 2.20 GAA and a .905 SV% in 10 games (seven starts) this season.

RW Michael Grabner, C Brock Nelson, LW Matt Martin and LW Josh Bailey each scored for New York while G Chad Johnson made 25 saves in his first career action against Minnesota.

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