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Late Wild Rally Leads To Shootout Loss

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

The Canadian Press

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Late Wild Rally Leads To Shootout Loss
Toronto Maple Leafs 1, Minnesota Wild 2
Three Stars of the Game
Jonathan Bernier
1st
SA: 34TOI: 64:44
GA: 1EV: 25-26
PIM: 0PP: 8-8
SV%: .971SH: 0-0
Zach Parise
2nd
Zach Parise
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 25:11
Josh Harding
3rd
Josh Harding
SA: 20TOI: 54:29
GA: 1EV: 14-14
PIM: 0PP: 4-5
SV%: .950SH: 1-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild kept their chins up and turned what could have been a negative outcome into a positive.

Parise and Jason Pominville scored in the shootout, lifting Minnesota to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Parise tied the game late in the third period for Minnesota, which has won five of six and is 8-1-2 in its last 11. The Wild have been involved in three straight shootouts - winning two.

In the shootout, Parise beat Jonathan Bernier low on the left side before Josh Harding stopped Raymond. Mikko Koivu was stopped by Bernier and Phil Kessel lost control of the puck before Pominville beat Bernier through the pads for the win.

"We had little bit more of a feeling that this game was there for us if we could keep going," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said.

Parise tied it with 4:17 to play in regulation when, after a turnover by Kessel, Charlie Coyle's shot from low on the right side deflected off Parise's skate and into the net.

The goal came 2 minutes after the Wild managed to get one shot on a 5-minute power-play after Nazem Kadri was assessed a match penalty for hitting Mikael Granlund in the head.

"He made initial contact with the shoulder and the kid had his head down, he didn't have his arms up, he ran into the player, Granlund snapped his head back and obviously, the referee saw it differently, and obviously, with a five-minute match penalty, it'll be reviewed," said Toronto coach Randy Carlyle.

However, Minnesota heard plenty of boos from the crowd as it got off just one shot during the man-advantage.

"Even the guys that were power-play guys were coming back saying, 'C'mon, we still got lots of time,' talking, saying the right things and these are the leaders of your team," Yeo said. "I've been part of many games where you have something like that and frustration creeps in and it's real easy to have some type of letdown or start to deviate or get away from staying with it, trusting it, and they didn't."

The hit on Granlund was Kadri's second action for which he will likely be hearing from the league. Kadri was not made available to the media.

Minnesota's starting goaltender, Niklas Backstrom, was run over by Kadri 7 minutes into the game, and lay flat on the ice for about 30 seconds before slowly sitting up. Kadri's elbow appeared to hit Backstrom in the head. Yeo said Backstrom has an upper-body injury.

Backstrom, starting for the first time since Oct. 28, stayed in the game until a stoppage with 10:31 left in the period before skating to the bench and heading to the dressing room. He had three saves.

"That'll be interesting to see what happens there because it looks like he got him right in the head," Parise said. "That's what we're trying to get rid of. It'll be interesting to see what they decide."

Mason Raymond scored a power-play goal for Toronto, which has scored just three regulation goals in its last four outings. Jonathan Bernier had 33 saves.

Toronto nearly won it late in overtime, but Harding got a right pad on a tip by Morgan Rielly and then reached back to grab the puck just outside the goal line.

"They're a good team in their building and at least we came up with one point. We've just got to move on," Bernier said.

Harding had 19 saves in relief of Backstrom. He started the past five games and was to be given the night off due to sickness. Instead, he increased his save percentage to .947, second-best on the NHL, while lowering his league-best goals-against average to 1.21.

There wasn't much he could do as Raymond gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 7:32 of the second period, when he gathered a loose puck that hit traffic in front and tucked it behind a sprawled Harding. It was just Toronto's second power-play goal in 16 chances over six games.

Minnesota had two power plays early in the third period, but came no closer than Koivu hitting the crossbar.

NOTES: Wild D Ryan Suter has averaged 36:06 of ice time in the last three games. ... Toronto RW Colton Orr returned after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. ... Clayton Stoner was back on the Minnesota blue line after missing Saturday's game with a leg injury. ... Kessel, who played for the University of Minnesota in 2005-06, played his 300th game with the Maple Leafs. He has 129 goals and 143 assists in those contests. ... The Wild played its 500th game at Xcel Energy Center, including regular season and playoffs. ... This was just Toronto's fifth game at the arena, fewest all-time among Minnesota opponents.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
07:32
TOR
PPG - Mason Raymond (6) ASST: Morgan Rielly (6), Nazem Kadri (9)
1 - 0 TOR
3rd Period
15:43
MIN
Zach Parise (9) ASST: Charlie Coyle (2), Mikko Koivu (11)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDMINTOR
1Z. PariseM. Raymond
2M. KoivuP. Kessel
3J. Pominville
penalty summary
1st Period
07:07
TOR
Nazem Kadri  Interference on goalkeeper against  Niklas Backstrom
13:53
MIN
Charlie Coyle  Fighting (maj) against  Joffrey Lupul
13:53
TOR
Joffrey Lupul  Fighting (maj) against  Charlie Coyle
17:57
MIN
Mikael Granlund  Hooking against  Nazem Kadri
2nd Period
01:06
TOR
Nazem Kadri  Hooking against  Justin Fontaine
05:52
MIN
Charlie Coyle  Hooking against  Paul Ranger
13:18
MIN
Zach Parise  Holding against  Carl Gunnarsson
18:05
MIN
Kyle Brodziak  Roughing against  Mark Fraser
18:05
TOR
Mark Fraser  Roughing against  Nino Niederreiter
3rd Period
00:34
TOR
Jay McClement  Tripping against  Jared Spurgeon
03:57
TOR
Jerred Smithson  Interference against  Jason Pominville
08:41
TOR
Nazem Kadri  Match penalty against  Mikael Granlund
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jonathan Bernier
SA: 34TOI: 64:44
Saves: 33EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 3TOI: 10:31
Saves: 3EV: 3 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Josh Harding
Josh Harding
10-2-2
SA: 20TOI: 54:29
Saves: 19EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .950SH: 1 - 1
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