NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Ottawa|
(Wednesday, November 20th)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Ottawa 3
Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Mikko Koivu's tally inside of three minutes
left in regulation sent Minnesota past Ottawa, 4-3, on Wednesday.
Dany Heatley and Jonas Brodin added a goal and assist apiece for the Wild, who
rebounded from a 6-2 loss in Montreal on Monday to win for the fifth time in
the last six games.
"We've been playing great hockey the last month or so, so we can't change
things based on one game. I think we showed that tonight," Koivu admitted.
Josh Harding made 34 saves for the victory, Minnesota's first over Ottawa
since a 5-2 triumph on March 16, 2004.
Kyle Turris, Mika Zibanejad and Milan Michalek scored for the Senators, who
have dropped three in a row and four of five.
Craig Anderson surrendered all four goals on just 25 shots in the setback.
Koivu gave Minnesota a 4-3 edge with 2:57 remaining in the contest. After
taking a lead pass from Zach Parise, he was allowed to skate up the right wing
by the Senators defense, and unleashed a successful shot just to the left of
the faceoff dot.
Anderson was pulled for an extra skater inside the final minute but the hosts
failed to find an equalizer.
"Well it's disappointing. We got the game tied up again, but again, we're
chasing the game. Any time you're chasing the game it makes it hard," said
Senators head coach Paul MacLean.
The clubs scored within a 59-second span early in the first period. Only 18
seconds into a Jared Cowen minor, Turris tallied off a between-the-legs feed
by Clarke MacArthur at 5:54. But the hosts countered before one minute elapsed
as Pominville ripped one home from the left side.
Zibanejad put Ottawa on top at 11:11 on a backhander while falling near the
crease, but the lead only stood until the three-minute mark of the second when
Brodin's long wrister eluded Anderson for a 2-2 game.
Heatley gave the Wild a 3-2 edge just over three minutes later, beating Sens
defenseman Erik Karlsson to a loose puck and stuffing it home at the right
Michalek evened the score with less than nine minutes gone in the third on a
power play, thanks to a slapper from the left circle.
These clubs hadn't played since Ottawa's 4-3 shootout home decision on Oct.
11, 2011 ... Minnesota's win snapped a six-game losing skid (0-5-1) to the
Senators ... Prior to the contest, Minnesota recalled forward Jason Zucker
from Iowa of the American Hockey League.
11/20 23:28:03 ET