LW Jason Pominville scored the lone shootout goal to lead Minnesota to 3-2 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 18,531 fans Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center. LW Zach Parise and C Charlie Coyle scored in regulation for Minnesota, while Josh Harding made 29 saves through overtime and stopped all three Vancouver shootout attempts. Next up, Minnesota hits the road for a three-game trip, starting Thursday in Pittsburgh at 6 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North, NHL Network and KFAN 100.3.
Minnesota moved to 14-3-2 on home ice this season, the most wins and points on home ice in the Western Conference.
Minnesota has won five of its last six shootouts and moved to 12-2-5 in one-goal games this season. Nine of the last 11 Wild wins have been decided by one goal.
C Mikko Koivu notched two assists to claim the Wild lead with 20 helpers this season. It is his fifth multi-point game this season and 98th of his career. The Wild captain is tied for the team lead with Parise with 27 points (7-20=27) in 36 games this season.
LW Zach Parise scored his 15th goal of the season, moving into a tie with Jason Pominville for the Wild lead. Parise’s goal marked his eighth power-play marker – T-2nd for most in the NHL this season. Seven of Parise’s goals have now been the Wild’s first tally of the game and he leads Minnesota with 27 points (15-12=27) in 35 games this season.
C Charlie Coyle tied the game in the third period and now has nine points (4-5=9) in 24 games this season.
D Ryan Suter tallied an assist on Parise’s goal to extend his assist streak to four games (4) – tied for the longest assist streak on the Wild this season (Granlund, 6; Parise, 4) – and now has 19 assists this season. He skated 32:34, topping 30:00 for the third straight game, 12 of the last 21 contests and 17th time this season.
G Josh Harding moved to 18-5-3 in 27 games this season – T-2nd for most wins amongst NHL goalies. He moved to 14-1-0 on home ice this season, posting a 1.31GAA and .944 SV%. He is 35-10-2 in his career starts at Xcel Energy Center with a 1.97 GAA and .929 SV%, including 28-5-1 since Jan. 27, 2010 and 17-2-0 in his last 19 starts in Saint Paul.
With a sellout crowd of 18,531fans tonight, Minnesota is expected to host its 10,000,000th Wild fan at Xcel Energy Center during its next home game, Sunday, Dec. 29 vs. the New York Islanders. A total of 9,986,408 fans have attended 493 regular season games, 36 preseason games and 15 playoff matches at Xcel Energy Center, including 486 sellouts.
RW Jannik Hansen and LW David Booth scored for Vancouver in regulation while G Roberto Luongo made 30 saves through overtime. Parise’s goal was the first power-play goal Vancouver allowed in eight games, ending a stretch of 20 straight penalty kills for the Canucks in that span. The goal also marked the first, first-period goal against Vancouver in eight games.
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