Nashville Predators

Wild earns tough point on short rest in loss to Predators


While the team has struggled with lesser opponents and favorable conditions, it’s somehow thrived against the NHL’s best and when adversity has peaked.


After arriving back in the Twin Cities on the brink of morning following a late-night victory in Calgary over the Flames Saturday, the Wild earned a much-deserved point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Predators in front of 18,885 at Xcel Energy Center that snapped a five-game win streak tied for the longest this season but still kept the team in the second wild card position in the Western Conference with 71 points — tied with the Dallas Stars for the first seed.


Winger Kevin Fiala, whom the Wild acquired last Monday from Nashville in exchange for Granlund, was part of a 2-on-1 rush, but his shot was gobbled up by Predators backup Juuse Saros.


Odd-man rushes continued to be doled out by both sides; a Bitetto giveaway at center ice led to a 2-on-0 break for the Predators that was broken up at the last second by a ferocious back check by winger Marcus Foligno.


That ignited an even stronger push by the Wild the rest of the period and with 38 seconds left in the frame, defenseman Ryan Suter found winger Jason Zucker for a one-timer in front that sailed in for the 2-1 lead.


The Predators, rested after not playing since Friday, pressed for the tying goal in the third and they found it late in the third — a backhander by winger Filip Forsberg off a rebound at 15:41 before Nashville capped off its comeback in extra time.






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