Wild remains undefeated with another overtime victory, 4-3 over Anaheim

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune on

Published in Hockey

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.


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