ST. PAUL, Minn. — Playing catch-up sure does suit the Wild.
After giving up the first goal for a fourth straight game and then falling behind a second time, the team rallied yet again — this one a 4-3 finish in overtime against the Ducks on Saturday in front of 18,055 at Xcel Energy Center that preserved its perfect start to the season.
This is the Wild's first 4-0 debut since 2008.
Ryan Hartman split a 3-3 tie with 13 seconds remaining in overtime after a scoreless third period, a glove-side shot after the Wild blanked on a 4-on-3 power play. Wild goalie Cam Talbot also improved to 4-0 in the process after making 21 stops.
A last-minute goal vs. Anaheim started this parade of come-from-behind efforts, as Marcus Foligno scored with 7.2 seconds to go to seal a 2-1 win in the Oct.15 opener.
Since then, the Wild has looked more and more comfortable chasing the opposition.
The team was methodical in its response in Game 2 vs. Los Angeles en route to a 3-2 takedown before unleashing its most thrilling stunner so far — a 6-5 overtime victory over Winnipeg on Tuesday.
As for this latest offering, it appeared to be the brainchild of the bunch — the result of been there, done that.
Just 1:18 into the first period, the Wild was in a familiar spot: trailing 1-0, this time after Anaheim's Rickard Rakell wired a puck five-hole on Talbot just outside the crease.
Like before, the Wild had a response and it was memorable.