Wild cough up late equalizer in 3-2 overtime loss to Sabres

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune on

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Wild didn't return home with the same sharpness they had on the road, and it cost them their win streak.

They were off against the Sabres, fading 3-2 in overtime on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center to blow a chance at a season-high five consecutive victories.

This was the third time the Wild have stumbled after winning four in a row.

Buffalo's Henri Jokiharju delivered the tiebreaker just 1 minute, 29 seconds into overtime to cap off a comeback that started when former Wild forward Jordan Greenway buried the equalizer with 37 seconds left in a goal-mouth scramble while goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was on the bench for an extra attacker.

Before that, Casey Mittelstadt broke a 0-0 stalemate only 39 seconds into the third period, wiring a shot past Wild goalie Filip Gustavsson off the rush. Just 3:23 later, Kirill Kaprizov hauled a turnover into Sabres turnover and sent the puck to the front of the net where Joel Eriksson Ek chipped the puck by Luukkonen.

The goal was Eriksson Ek's team-leading 25th. He and Kaprizov have six points apiece during their respective six-game point streaks.


Not long after Eriksson Ek's equalizer, the Wild received a four-minute power play because Jake Middleton was cut by a high stick from Connor Clifton.

Late in that advantage, Declan Chisholm flung in his first NHL goal at 11:21 in his first game with the Wild after getting claimed off waivers from Winnipeg last month during the All-Star break.

The defenseman had been practicing with the Wild but was a spectator for the Wild's previous four wins; this was Chisholm's fifth career game after suiting up twice for the Jets this season and last.

The Wild power play finished 1 for 4, while the Sabres went 0 for 3.


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