Article written by Sportmentary - Editor in Chief Sportmentary Online Sports Talk
After a three game losing streak and Wild fans wondering how long that would continue the Wild pulled a win out of their magic hat on Saturday night in front of happy and relieved fans at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Minnesota.
The Wild outplayed and out chanced the Nashville Predators tonight. This has happened a number of times during this frustrating season. The Wild have had a tough time finding the back of the net this year and tonight wasn't any different.
There were times when I thought there wasn't any way they didn't score on that chance and that chance and that chance but they didn't. The Wild could have had four or even five goals tonight. They finished the game with two and they needed one of them in overtime (OT).
The goal that the Wild scored came on the power play. That power play was a gift from a linesman who called Nashville Predator player Paul Gaustod for a face-off violation. This year in the NHL if a player hand passes the puck in the face-off circle, he is called for delay of game.
I didn't think that the guy hand passed the puck. I think the puck bounced off the ice and inadvertently hit Gaustad's hand while his hand was on his stick. Nevertheless it was a break that the Wild needed. They haven't had many of those this year.
The Wild took that opportunity and capitalized with an OT winner by Devin Setoguchi. Yes he scored. Can you believe it? Devin has been chasing his first goal of the season. He's had his chances but the puck just wouldn't go into the net until 4:21 of overtime. Yes folks, he scored with 39 seconds left in OT. That was a pretty big first goal of the season for Setoguchi. He needed it and the Wild needed it.
A recap of Saturday's game wouldn't be complete without talking about the big star of the game. That guy is Niklas Backstrom who made 25 saves tonight. He made some spectacular saves and was the difference maker for the Wild. He kept them in the game until the team could finally score a goal.
It doesn't really matter how the Wild did it. They won! They won! The Wild won!