The Wild exhaled deeply following their 2-1 overtime win over Nashville Saturday night snapping their three game losing streak. The team played with a grit and energy that up until this point in the season hadn't ben seen.
Forward Devin Setoguchi scored his first goal of the season in overtime with the Wild on the powerplay that sent the 18,806 fans home happy.
"Coming to the rink everyday when you are losing is not fun," said Setoguchi. "Obviously, you don't want to get too high, but we'll enjoy this one and come to the rink tomorrow."
The Wild were dominant in the defensive end. Allowing only 13 shots when the teams skated even strength. The team also killed off six penalties including a double-minor that Setoguchi picked up for high sticking in the third period.
NIklas Backstrom made 25 saves on 26 shots for the win after being pulled Thursday night against Vancouver. Backstrom allowed the first goal of the game to Paul Gaustad in the first period, but then shut the door the rest of the way. Ryan Suter appears to have things figured out logging over 30 minutes of ice time and picking up assists on both goals.
The Wild picked up the equalizer in the second period when Cal Clutterbuck hit the zone and was checked off the puck but got back into the play and redirected Suter's shot to tie. Scoring goals has been a problem as of late with the team scoring one regulation goals in their past four games, but this time the team was able to force overtime to set up Setoguchi's heroic finish.
Gaustad picked up a questionable delay of game penalty with a face-off violationat 2:48 of overtime forcing the 4-on-3 advantage. The Wild took advantage picking up the second point and evening their record at 5-5-1.
The Wild hit the road for two games. Monday, they face Calgary, then Tuesday a rematch with the Canucks before coming back to the Xcel Energy Center Thursday and Sunday.