C Mikko Koivu scored both Wild goals, including the game winner with 3:12 left in regulation, to lead Minnesota to a 2-1 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 18,283 fans Sunday night at Xcel Energy Center. G Josh Harding earned the win with 23 saves to move to 10-0-0 at Xcel Energy Center this season. Next up, Minnesota hits the road visiting Montreal Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota won its fourth straight game – its longest win streak of the season. The Wild extended its point streak to eight games (7-0-1), last accomplished Oct. 4-21, 2007 (7-0-1). Minnesota’s 30 points are its most through 21 games in franchise history, besting 29 points in 2011-12 (13-5-3). The Wild moved to 7-0-1 in November and 10-1-2 in its last 13 games.
The Wild moved to 10-1-2 on home ice this season, having won six straight – its longest win streak on home ice since six wins Oct. 29-Nov. 23, 2011. Minnesota has won 10 of its last 11 in Saint Paul and no NHL team has more wins or points (22) on home ice than the Wild.
G Josh Harding improved to 12-2-2 this season with a 1.25 GAA, giving up one goal or less in 12 games. Since Oct. 19, Harding is now 9-0-2 with a 1.29 GAA. He remains a perfect 10-0-0 at Xcel Energy Center this season, while posting a 1.15 GAA. He is now 31-9-2 in career starts at Xcel Energy Center, including 24-4-1 since Jan. 27, 2010 and 13-1-0 in his 14 starts in Saint Paul.
C Mikko Koivu scored twice – the 13th multi-goal game of his career. He ranks second on the Wild with 17 points (4-13=17) this season, including five points (2-3=5) in a three-game point streak and nine (3-6=9) in his last six games.
LW Zach Parise extended his point streak to three games (2-1=3) with the primary assist on Koivu’s goal. He leads the Wild with 18 points (10-8=18) this season, including nine points (4-5=9) in his last eight games.
C Charlie Coyle assisted on Koivu’s GWG and now has three points (1-2=3) in a three-game point streak. He has five points (2-3=5) in six games since missing 12 games with a knee strain.
D Marco Scandella registered his fourth assist of the season, and now has three helpers in his last six games.
Minnesota limited Winnipeg to 22 shots. The Jets’ two shots in the first period are the fewest allowed by the Wild in a single period all season.
D Ryan Suter netted his 13th assist of the season, T-6th for most helpers amongst NHL defensemen. He skated 30:08 – his 10th game this season topping 30:00 TOI.
The Wild went 33-of-52 (63.5%) in the faceoff circle tonight. Minnesota won 45-of-61 (73.8%) of faceoffs Oct. 10 vs, Winnipeg – its highest single-game faceoff win percentage ever.
G Ondrej Pavelec made 22 saves in net for Winnipeg, while D Dustin Byfuglien scored for the Jets.