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The Minnesota Wild closed their three game home stand with a 3-1 loss to Nashville Tuesday night.

"We competed hard," said head coach Mike Yeo. "For large parts of the game we were doing a lot of good things. I do think at the end of the night we turned it into a 50/50 game. The type of game that allows a bounce to be the difference."

The bounce came in the third period with the score tied at one. With the teams skating four-on-four, goaltender Niklas Backstrom came out of his net to play the puck near the blue line. His clearing attempt hit Nashville's Martin Erat in the leg and got caught up in his pants. Erat regained control of the puck and put it past a diving Jared Spurgeon to take a 2-1 lead.

Danny Heatley continued his strong start scoring the lone goal for the Wild, his third in three games.

The game marked the first time former Predator defenseman Ryan Suter skated against his former squad.

"For me it wasn't that big of a deal," said Suter. "Obviously the media makes it more than it is. I still have friends over there, but I have friends on a lot of teams."

The Wild hit the road for back-to-back games against Detroit and St. Louis before returning home next week.

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