Minnesota scored two goals in the third period to force its first extra session as RW Jason Pominville scored the game-deciding goal to win 4-3 over San Jose on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd of 18,633 at Xcel Energy Center. C Kyle Brodziak scored twice for the Wild while C Mikko Koivu tallied the first goal of the game. G Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves through overtime and two-of-three shootout attempts. The Wild will play its second contest of a three-game homestand against the Dallas Stars on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota outshot San Jose, 46-28, and has outshot its opponents in every game this season, totaling a 320-209 advantage through nine games. With 46 shots in tonight’s game, the Wild has tallied 40-plus shots in back-to-back games and has four games with 40-plus shots this season – the four matches of 40-plus shots ranks tied for first in the NHL with Chicago.
The Wild played its first extra session of the season. It marks the first extra session and shootout win since April 8 vs. BOS (4-3). RW Jason Pominville earned his seventh career game-deciding goal and improves to 22-60 (36.7%).
Minnesota is 7-0-0 in the last seven meetings played against San Jose at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota is the only Western Conference team and one of just two NHL teams that hasn’t lost a regulation or an extra session home game this season (MTL, 4-0-0).
The Sharks first goal of the game marked the first time the Wild has trailed on home ice. Minnesota has scored first in seven of its nine games this season, posting a 5-2-0 record when scoring first. The Wild is 1-1-0 when the opposing team scores first.
C Kyle Brodziak scored two of the Wild’s goals, earning his 12th career multi-goal game. He has two points in four games (2-0=2) this season.
LW Thomas Vanek earned his 140th career multi-point game with two assists on the night. He leads the team with seven assists and now has six points in his last six games (0-6=6).
C Mikko Koivu netted his second goal of the season and first shootout goal, tallied nine shots and won 22-of-28 faceoffs on the night (78.6%). He ranks T-5th in the NHL with 109 faceoff wins while his 22 wins tonight set a season high in a single game and is just one shy of his career best. His nine shots ties career high, previously done three times.
RW Justin Fontaine earned the secondary assist on Brodziak’s goal. He has four points (1-3=4) in his last three games and five points (1-4=5) in seven games this season.
LW Jason Zucker extended his point streak to a Wild best four games with five points in that span (3-2=5). He leads the team in goals and is second with seven points (5-2=7) in nine games.
D Ryan Suter tallied the secondary assist on Koivu’s goal. He has totaled three assists in his last four games and has five on the season – his five share the team lead. He skated 33:49 tonight and has led all skaters – Wild and opponents – in TOI in all but one game this season. The 33:49 ranks first in the NHL and marks Suter’s eighth highest game total.
G Darcy Kuemper has posted a 5-2-0 record this season with a 1.70 GAA, a .927 SV% and three shutouts. His three shutouts lead the NHL and is a career high. Including post-season, he is 15-3-2 with a 1.69 GAA and a .933 SV% at Xcel Energy Center.
D Mirco Mueller, C Tommy Wingels and C Joe Thornton each scored for San Jose while G Antti Niemi made 43 saves through overtime and stopped one shootout attempt.