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Wild picks up point, falls to Ducks 3-2 in shootout

Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Wild had plenty of reasons to be excited and energetic.

This was the start of a three-game homestand, its longest stint at Xcel Energy Center so far this season.

A local kid, Woodbury's Brennan Menell, was making his NHL debut.

And before puck drop, the team put the spotlight on captain Mikko Koivu by recognizing him for recently playing in 1,000 games – a ceremony that included surprising Koivu with former teammates like Niklas Backstrom and Marian Gaborik.

But instead of feeding off these potential motivators, the Wild responded with a listless, disjointed effort that took a late rally to salvage a point from in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Ducks in front of 17,154 that extended the team's point streak on home ice to 10 games (7-0-3).

Anaheim's Rickard Rakell and Max Comtois scored in the shootout, while wingers Zach Parise and Kevin Fiala were blanked – this after the Wild couldn't convert on a power play that was awarded after center Ryan Donato was tripped in front of the net. This dropped the Wild to 0-5 in overtime and 1-1 in shootouts this season.

 

What made the comeback even more challenging was the Wild was shorthanded most of the game.

No.1 center Eric Staal left in the first period after colliding with a linesman along the boards as he pursued a puck.

Staal was down on the ice for some time, getting evaluated by team personnel, before eventually sitting up. He skated off the ice with some assistance.

By then, the Wild was already in a two-goal deficit.

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