Minnesota fell to Winnipeg, 4-3, in overtime Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center in front of a sellout crowd of 19,177 – the largest crowd of the season. C Mikael Granlund, RW Jason Pominville and LW Thomas Vanek each netted a goal for the Wild. G John Curry made 19 saves through overtime in his season debut. Minnesota will finish its home-and-home series against the Jets in Winnipeg on Monday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
The Wild is 5-2-2 in nine games against the Jets since they moved to Winnipeg, including wins in five of the last seven games. Eight of the nine games have been decided by one goal. Since Nov. 28, 10 of the Wild’s 12 games have been decided by one goal. Minnesota is 4-4-4 in that span and has posted a 9-6-4 record in one-goal games this season.
The Wild killed all three of the Jets power-play chances and has killed 56-of-64 (87.5%) of opponent power-play opportunities combined in the last 21 games dating back to Nov. 8. Over the last 18 games, the Wild’s power play has outscored its opponents’ man advantage 14-7. Since Nov. 29, Minnesota has scored 10 power-play goals which rank T-4th in the NHL.
RW Jason Pominville registered his 131st career multi-point game using a goal and an assist– his sixth this season. He has posted points in 11 of his last 14 games, totaling 14 points (4-10=14) in that span. He ranks second on the Wild with 26 points (8-18=26) in 33 games this season and leads the team in shots (117).
C Mikael Granlund earned his 10th career multi-point game with a goal and an assist on the night. He has three points in his last four games (1-2=3) and has 15 points (4-11=15) in 32 games this season.
D Stu Bickel netted his first point in a Wild sweater, tallying the primary assist on Pominville’s goal. He skated a season-high 10:21 TOI and tied his career-high of four blocked shots.
LW Thomas Vanek tied the game, netting his second power-play goal of the season. Since entering the league in 2005-06, his 115 career power-play goals rank T-2nd in the NHL (Selanne). He has seven points (4-3=7) in his last eight games and 21 points (6-15=21) in 33 games this year.
D Marco Scandella extended his point streak to three games (2-2=4), earning the secondary assist on Vanek’s goal. He has 14 points (8-6=14) in 29 games this season.
D Jared Spurgeon tallied an assist on Vanek’s goal. He leads the team with 64 blocked shots this season and has 11 points (3-8=11) in 26 games. He has missed seven total games this year due to an upper body injury (10/30-11/13) and illness (12/13-12/17).
LW Zach Parise recorded a game-high six shots on goal. He leads the Wild with 27 points (13-14=27) this season. Of his 28 contests this year, he has registered at least one point in 17 games – seven of those being multi-point games.
Before the game, Minnesota recalled G John Curry from Iowa and placed G Niklas Backstrom on Injured Reserve retroactive to Dec. 21 due to illness. Curry made 19 saves in his season debut. He is 2-0-1 with a 2.97 GAA and a .906 SV% in four career games (three starts) in Saint Paul.
C Bryan Little, LW Adam Lowry and RW Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg while G Michael Hutchinson made 22 saves.
Minnesota is scheduled to practice at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center before traveling to Winnipeg Sunday afternoon.