Minnesota 3, Florida 2

Thursday, February 23, 2012 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 27-24-2-7 14-10-1-3 13-14-1-4 W2
Florida 27-20-5-7 14-8-1-7 13-12-4-0 L4


WILD 3, PANTHERS 2 (SO): Erik Christensen and Matt Cullen scored in the shootout and Dany Heatley had two assists to lift Minnesota over host Florida.

Minnesota’s first two shooters scored in the shootout and Niklas Backstrom denied Kris Versteeg and Sean Bergenheim to seal the victory and hand Florida its fourth straight loss.

Backstrom made 40 saves for his 16th win of the season and has stopped 88 of the last 90 shots he’s faced in the last two games.

Kyle Brodziak and Cullen tallied in regulation for the Wild.

With the Panthers trailing 2-1, Bergenheim spun and fired past Backstrom from close range with 4:12 remaining in the third period to knot the game at 2-2 and help the Panthers earn a crucial point.

Mikael Samuelsson scored the opening goal of the game and added an assist for a two-point performance.

Minnesota scored more than one goal in a road game for the first time since Jan. 24.

: Wild captain Mikko Koivu didn’t play for the third straight game due to an undisclosed injury. … Stephen Weiss played in his 614th game for Florida, breaking Radek Dvorak’s club record. … Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak on the road…

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   Florida
Dany Heatley 2 Points Mikael Samuelsson 2
Kyle Brodziak 1 Goals Mikael Samuelsson 1
Dany Heatley 2 Assists Mikael Samuelsson 1
Matt Cullen 1 Power Play Goals Mikael Samuelsson 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Niklas Backstrom .953 Save Percentage Jose Theodore .929
Niklas Backstrom 41 Saves Jose Theodore 26

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 28 3 1-3 2-3 6 25
Florida 43 2 1-3 2-3 6 30

Upcoming Games

  • Florida will play its next game on the road against Carolina. The Panthers have a W/L % of .407 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play its next game on the road against Dallas. The Wild have a W/L % of .615 after a win and .324 after a loss.
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