Minnesota fell to San Jose in overtime, 4-3, Tuesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,043 at Xcel Energy Center. D Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild as G Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves through overtime. Next up, the Wild continues its three-game homestand hosting the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North (locally), NHL Network (nationally) and KFAN 100.3 FM.
The 19,043 in attendance for tonight’s game marked the 50th consecutive sellout, including postseason at Xcel Energy Center.
Minnesota has earned a point in eight consecutive meetings played against San Jose in Saint Paul to earn its 7-0-1 record.
The Wild killed all four of the Sharks power-play chances and has killed 69-of-82 (84.1%) of opponent power-play opportunities combined in the last 26 games dating back to Nov. 8. Over the last 23 games, the Wild’s power play has outscored its opponents’ man advantage 16-11. Since Dec. 5, Minnesota has scored 12 power-play goals in 14 games which rank fourth in the NHL.
RW Jason Pominville recorded his 132nd career multi-point game (seventh this season) with two assists on the night. He has posted points in 14 of his last 19 games, totaling 18 points (4-14=18) in that span. He leads the team in shots on goal (122) and now ties Parise for the team lead in scoring (8-22=30).
LW Jason Zucker registered his first career three-point game (2-1=3). It also marks his third career two-goal game, all from this season. He tallied eight shots on net - his second-highest in a single game. He has 19 points (14-5=19) in 34 games this year and ranks T-1st on the team in goals.
D Jared Spurgeon tallied the Wild’s second goal of the game, his fifth of the season. He has two goals in his last three games and has 13 points (5-8=13) in 31 games. He has missed seven total games this season due to an upper body injury (10/30-11/13) and illness (12/13-12/17).
LW Zach Parise missed his sixth game of the season – his 21st in his tenure with the Wild. The Wild is 9-12-0 in those 21 contests. Parise shares the team lead in scoring (14-16=30) through 32 games. The alternate captain has registered at least one point in 20 of his 32 contests – seven of those being multi-point games.
Since Zach Parise and Ryan Suter joined the Wild on July 4, 2012, Minnesota is 77-49-19 when they both play in a game and 10-13-0 without one of them in the lineup. This season, the Wild is 15-11-4 with both in the lineup and 3-5-0 without.
C Charlie Coyle tallied the sole assist on Zucker’s second goal. He has six points (1-5=6) in his last eight games and leads Minnesota with 74 hits this season.
G Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves in the overtime loss, moving to 19-7-3 at Xcel Energy Center (including post-season) with a 2.22 GAA, a .912 SV% and three shutouts in 32 games (30 starts) at Xcel Energy Center.
D Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored the overtime winner for San Jose as C Melker Karlsson, C Joe Pavelski and C Tommy Wingels each netted a goal during regulation. G Alex Stalock made 28 saves.