DETROIT – The Minnesota Wild’s hard work eventually paid off for a key victory.
Matt Moulson’s goal at 2:15 of overtime gave the Wild a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.
The Wild trailed 2-0 after the first period despite outplaying the Red Wings and outshooting them 12-6.
“I was really impressed at the way they were able to stick with it,” Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. “Obviously, there’s a tendency to get frustrated and go away from our game. But they stuck with it.
Moulson tipped in a pass from defenseman Jonas Brodin — who was along the right wing boards — for Moulson’s 21st goal and the game winner.
“He (Brodin) showed great patience. He kind of looked over and made eye contact with me,” Moulson said. “I went to the net. He couldn’t have put it in a better place.”
Both teams are in the seventh playoff spot in tight races in their respective conferences.
Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist and Jason Pominville and Zach Parise also scored for Minnesota. Mikko Koivu had two assists and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 13 shots.
“It was frustrating being down 2-0 and how good we were playing,” Parise said. “But we thought we were doing some really good things.”
Gustav Nyquist scored twice to extend his goal-scoring streak to five games, and Tomas Tatar also scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard made 21 saves.
“I don’t think we were skating toward the middle and putting pressure on their D,” Nyquist said. “They could break out pretty fast I thought. So that was an issue, which is why we didn’t get enough zone time in their zone. We weren’t skating good enough, I thought.”
Predators 2, Blackhawks 0
In Chicago, Pekka Rinne made 29 saves for his first shutout in more than a year to lead Nashville over the Blackhawks.
Mike Fisher and Gabriel Bourque scored for the Predators, who won their second straight and improved to 3-1 against Chicago this season.
Devils 3, Maple Leafs 2
In Newark, New Jersey, rookie defenseman Jon Merrill set up a second-period breakaway goal by Patrik Elias and scored 32 seconds later to lead the Devils to a much-needed win over Toronto, sending the struggling Maple Leafs to their fifth straight loss.
Damien Brunner also scored and Cory Schneider had 21 saves as New Jersey gave its slim playoff hopes a boost by winning for the second time in six games.
Blues 1 Penguins 0
In Pittsburgh, David Backes deflected a slap shot by Alexander Steen past Marc-Andre Fleury midway through the third period to lift St. Louis over the Penguins.
Brian Elliott stopped 33 shots to pick up his fourth shutout of the season as one of the NHL’s best defensive teams shut down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Ducks 6, Panthers 2
In Anaheim, Corey Perry and captain Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and two assists as the Ducks ended their four-game home skid with a victory over Florida.
Islanders 2, Blue Jackets 0
In Uniondale, New York, Evgeni Nabokov made 41 saves in his 58th NHL shutout and Travis Hamonic scored a power-play goal in the second period as the Islanders dealt the Blue Jackets’ playoff hopes a severe blow.
Canucks 4, Sabres 2
In Vancouver, Zack Kassian had four assists and the Canucks rallied to beat Buffalo.