The Minnesota Wild blew a three-goal lead heading into the third period for the second this season. This time however, they got the extra goal they needed.
Marco Scandella fired a wrist shot through traffic from the point one minute and one second into overtime past Michael Hutchinson to give the Wild a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets Sunday at the Xcel Energy Center.
“You have dreams about that,” Scandella said. “It’s always fun to get one, especially in overtime.
“I just looked over at (Jason Pominville) and he was screaming. So, was I was like whoa maybe I put that one in. It was nice. Thankfully he gave me a hard pass. It kind of surprised me. I was going to one-time it. It gave me time to read the forward.”
The defenseman recorded his first career overtime goal after sitting out the last two games with the mumps. The disease made its way through the defensive group on the team. Scandella was a game time decision, but felt good enough play.
“This morning was the first time that I skated in five days,” Scandella said. “I felt pretty good. So, I felt like was ready to go.
“I was a little bit down from beating the virus. But, once you’re in the game, you don’t think about that. The fans helped out a lot. It was a loud building. Both sides were battling and I was really excited to be out there.”
Also, making his return to the lineup after missing several games was Zach Parise. The Wild’s star forward made his presence felt with two goals.
“OK, good at times,” Parise said about his return. “A couple times I probably more time than I felt like I did and rushed a couple plays. Hopefully it will get better as I get into more real practices and play some more games.”
The Wild (10-7-0) jumped out to a three goal lead after one period that forced Jets head coach Paul Maurice to switch goaltenders after the first intermission. Nino Niederreiter extended his team-lead in goals to nine with a power play tally two minutes and seven seconds into the game. He took a pass in the slot and went around both Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec before tucking the puck inside the puck while falling down. Parise then scored his pair of goals off a couple fortunate bounces. The first came off a second shot attempt that bounced off Blake Wheeler and into the open net four minutes and 11 seconds into the game. The second came on a bounce off his leg and the 18:45 mark of the opening period.
The Jets (9-7-3) stayed in the game by slowing the game down and mucking it up. They were the beneficiaries of eight penalties on the Wild in the second period. The Wild penalty kill did a good job of killing all eight man advantages the Jets had throughout the game, including three two-man advantages (one lasting only eight seconds).
“Pressuring at the right time,” Parise said about the penalty kills success. “Not a lot of games are you going to see a team kill off three five-on-threes. It just doesn’t happen. The (penalty killers) did a really good job. They blocked shots, they cleared pucks when we had a chance to. That’s the biggest thing, we pressured at the right times. Whenever they bobbled the puck we were in their face.”
The Jets made their comeback in the third period with three goals that glanced off Wild players on their way to the net.
The Wild return to action Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
No. 3 – Jason Pominville. The Wild forward recorded three assists.
No. 2 – Zach Parise. The Wild forward scored two goals.
No. 1 – Marco Scandella. The Wild defense scored the game-winning goal.
Winnipeg….…0 0 3 0 – 3
Minnesota……3 0 0 1 – 4
First Period – 1, Minnesota, Niederreiter 8 (Vanek, Fontaine), 2:08 (pp). 2, Minnesota, Parise 5 (Koivu, Pominville), 4:11. 3, Minnesota, Parise 6 (Spurgeon, Pominville), 18:45 Penalties – Wheeler, WPG (hooking), :21; Niederreiter, MIN (hooking), 10:51; Bench, MIN (too many men; served by Fontaine), 12:16; Suter, MIN (slashing), 20:00.
Second Period – None. Penalties – Ladd, WPG, major (fighting), 1:18; Ballard, MIN, major (fighting), 1:18; Suter, MIN (cross checking), 4:12; Zucker, MIN (high sticking), 3:25; Suter, MIN (delay of game-puck over glass); 7:17; Byfuglien, WPG (cross checking), 10:24; Stuart, WPG (interference), 12:38; Kane, WPG, double (roughing), 15:25; Carter, MIN, double (roughing), 15:25; Thorburn, WPG (roughing), 16:53; Ballard, MIN (hooking; served by Fontaine), 16:53; Ballard, MIN (embellishment), 16:53.
Third Period – 4, Winnipeg, Frolik 3 (Halischuk), 5:55. 5, Winnipeg, Kane 2 (Byfuglien), 8:19. 6, Winnipeg, Ladd 7 (Postma, Pardy), 10:47 Penalties – Lowry, WPG (interference), 2:19; Suter, MIN (tripping), 15:40.
Overtime – 7, Minnesota, Scandella 3 (Pominville, Granlund), 1:01. Penalties – None.
Shots on goal – Winnipeg 3-14-8-0 25. Minnesota 11-9-5-2 27.
Goalies – Winnipeg, Pavelec (8-11), Hutchinson (15-16). Minnesota, Backstrom (19-22), Kuemper (3-3). Referees – Justin St. Pierre, Brad Watson. Linesmen – Steve Barton, Mike Cvik.