LW Zach Parise tied the game with 4:17 remaining in regulation before earning the shootout winner in a 2-1 shootout victory over Toronto in front of 17,897 fans Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center. G Josh Harding earned the win with 19 saves through overtime in relief and stopped both Toronto shootout attempts. Next up, Minnesota hosts Florida Friday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
The Wild moved to 8-1-2 on home ice this season. Minnesota played in its 500th NHL game (regular season and playoffs) at Xcel Energy Center, moving to 263-163-74.
Minnesota extended its season-best point streak to six games (5-0-1), moving to 8-1-2 in its last 11 games. Minnesota played in its third straight shootout, moving to 2-2 in shootouts this season – including two straight victories.
D Ryan Suter led all skaters with 36:00 TOI – his fourth game in a row topping 30:00 and ninth game this season. He has totaled 108:19 in his last three games, the top three TOI of his career, and an average of 36:06.
LW Zach Parise scored his ninth goal of the season, his 16 point in 19 games – leading the Wild in both goals and points. Four of his nine goals this season have been the Wild’s first goal of the game. He has posted seven points (3-4=7) in his last six games. He moved to 34-of-73 in the shootout (46.6%) – the most career shootout goals of any NHL player.
G Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves through regulation in goal for Toronto, stopping one of three Wild shootout attempts. His shutout streak versus Minnesota ended at 99:06 when Parise scored with 4:17 left in regulation. Entering the game, he had three shutouts in six career starts against Minnesota.
G Josh Harding moved to 10-2-2 this season with a 1.21 GAA and a .948 SV. He is now 8-0-0 at Xcel Energy Center this season.
C Charlie Coyle netted an assist on Parise’s goal for his third point (1-2=3) in his last four games since returning from injury.
G Niklas Backstrom stopped all three shots he faced in 10:31 of action after being replaced in net by G Josh Harding. At 7:07 of the first period, Backstrom was hit to the ice when Leafs C Nazem Kadri took a goaltender interference penalty. Harding’s last relief appearance this season came Oct. 15 in Toronto, stopping all six shots he faced in 26:46 in relief of Darcy Kuemper.
Toronto LW Mason Raymond opened the game’s scoring with his sixth goal of the season in the second period.