Minnesota welcomes the Isles to begin the third homestand. A back and forth affair goes to the third tied at 1, when Alex Killorn scores early in the period to put the Wild in the lead. After a power play marker to tie the score at 2 by Anthony Mantha, Connor Brown finally connects for the Wild on a PP of their own to regain the one-goal lead. With the extra attacker on the ice, DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN hits a goal rating, but Mike Condon robs him with the glove to preserve a 3-2 Minnesota victory. Others registering goals were DAVID PERRON for New York and PAUL STASTNY for Minnesota.
In an unlikely result the Wild lose 4-3 to the Sabres in yet another game decided by a shootout in this young season. After falling behind 3-0 halfway through the second against one of the league’s best goalies in Sergei Bobrovsky, the goal-starved squad from Minnesota rallies all the way back on a tip-in by fourth liner Antoine Roussel and two-third period goals from newly promoted forward Josh Anderson including the tying goal with the extra attacker on. “The Bob” recovers though and stops all three Wild shootout attempts. Other goal scorers were DAVID PASTRNAK, TAYLOR HALL and JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU for Buffalo. The shootout’s game deciding goal was recorded by JONATHAN MARCHESSAULT.
Digging themselves a three-none deficit is the new norm for Coach Hendrickson’s team. But once again, they were able to erase the hole, this time winning it in OT on a PP goal outside shot from Alec Martinez to prevail 4-3. SEAN MONAHAN scored one goal and passed for three assists for Minnesota. Others who scored were CONNOR McDAVID, COREY PERRY and EVGENI MALKIN for Boston and CONNOR BROWN and ANDREJ SEKERA for Minnesota.
Carey Price and the St. Louis Power Play are the stories of their 2-1 victory over the Wild. 2 PP markers and the outstanding play of the perennial Vezina candidate stopping 39 of 40 shots, including 8 of 9 great chances and a short-handed breakaway chance by Nathan MacKinnon in the waning moments of the third. Goal scorers were RICK NASH and BRENT BURNS for St. Louis and CONNOR BROWN for Minnesota.
The recurring theme to this season appears to be calling for a shakeup in Minnesota as the Wild continue to waste great goalie play from Mike Condon due to an anemic power play, once again falling 2-1, this time to the Leafs, once again on 2 power play goals Toronto poured on the pressure outshooting Minnesota 40 to 23. SIDNEY CROSBY recorded the winning goal at 1:18 of the 3rd period. CROSBY found the net twice for Toronto. JAKE ALLEN was outstanding in goal. He made just one mistake while facing 23 shots. A goal was also registered by SEAN MONAHAN for Minnesota.