Minnesota 3, Nashville 2

Thursday, February 6, 2014 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Nashville 25-23-3-7 14-11-1-3 11-12-2-4 L2
Minnesota 31-21-3-4 21-7-1-1 10-14-2-3 W2


Wild 3, Predators 2 (OT): Nino Niederreiter scored at 2:16 of overtime for his second goal in two games and Minnesota entered the Olympic break with its fifth straight victory at home.

Niederreiter's wrist shot between the legs of defenseman Roman Josi beat Carter Hutton to the blocker side for his 11th of the season. Zach Parise recorded his fourth goal in five games and blue-liner Jonas Brodin scored for the first time in 18 contests as Minnesota moved seven points clear for a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Craig Smith recorded his fourth multi-goal performance of the season for Nashville, which remained four points behind Vancouver for the final wild-card position in the West. Hutton made 33 saves, including 15 in the third period and six during a power play in the final three minutes.

After Brodin scored at 4:05 of the first period, Nashville registered its first goal against Minnesota in 174:36 when Smith tapped in the rebound of his own shot from the blue line as Darcy Kuemper couldn't locate the puck in the crease. Like Brodin, Parise beat Hutton short side from the right faceoff circle during a power play at 13:27 of the session to make it 2-1.

Smith's team-leading 18th goal came when he deflected defenseman Victor Bartley's shot off the crossbar and past Kuemper to make it 2-2 at 7:40 of the second period. Kuemper made 16 saves to improve to 8-3-2 as the Wild defeated the Predators for the third consecutive time while dropping them to 3-10 in overtime this season.

GAME NOTEBOOK: David Poile, GM of Nashville and the United States Olympic team, was hospitalized Thursday morning when he was struck in the face by a puck during the Predators' morning skate. Poile suffered a black eye, a bloody nose and grogginess. ... Eight Olympians were honored before the game - Wild LW Parise and D Ryan Suter (United States), Cs Mikael Granlund and captain Mikko Koivu (Finland), and RW Niederreiter (Switzerland); and Predators D Shea Weber (Canada), Josi and C Simon Moser (Switzerland). ... Hutton recorded his first career assist on Smith's first goal.

Top Game Performances

Nashville   Minnesota
Craig Smith 2 Points Nino Niederreiter 2
Craig Smith 2 Goals Nino Niederreiter 1
Victor Bartley 1 Assists Nino Niederreiter 1
N/A Power Play Goals Zach Parise 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Carter Hutton .917 Save Percentage Darcy Kuemper .889
Carter Hutton 33 Saves Darcy Kuemper 16

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 18 2 0-2 4-5 10 28
Minnesota 36 3 1-5 2-2 4 28

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play its next game on the road against Edmonton. The Wild have a W/L % of .567 after a win and .483 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play its next game at home against Anaheim. The Predators have a W/L % of .480 after a win and .394 after a loss.
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