With everything seemingly going against the Wild lately, they are bound to take a break at some point.
Not only have they been unable to gain any traction with the league constantly postponing games, they’ve entered a tough game against the Washington Capitals having nearly halved their starting lineup due to injury.
After taking so much away from Wild over the past month, the benevolent hockey gods decided to give something back Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
With Wild trailing a couple of goals mid-game and about to take a penalty after Ryan Hartman was whistled for a tripping, they had some incredible luck when the Capitals accidentally shot one. fruit into their nets.
As the small ball headed towards the empty goal – remember, the Capitals were taking a delayed penalty, they pulled in goalkeeper Zach Fucale for further attack – the crowd erupted into a shrill roar right away. when the ball crosses the goal line. Suddenly, Wild was back in the game in the final 20 minutes as prescribed.
That proved exactly what Wild needed as they forced stoppage time at the last minute of regulation, then won a dramatic 3-2 in the penalty shootout. Kevin Fiala converted in the penalty shootout with a nonchalant push before Freddy Gaudreau ended the game with a sniper strike.
It was a very strong game for Kaapo Kahkonen, who completed a total of 29 saves, and kept the game goalless in the first half with a superb effort between the pipes.
That set the stage for a second period as the Capitals took a 1-0 lead following a diversion from winger Connor McMichael up front.
While Wild still had some life left in it at the time, Kevin Fiala took a penalty, followed by a couple of penalties to give the Capital a couple of chances when it came to power play. Naturally, the Capital took money as soon as central defender Evgeny Kuznetsov hit a perfect shot to make it 2-0.
The score could have been worse if Kahkonen hadn’t made a beautiful save to stop midfielder Lars Eller a few minutes later.
That kept Wild in the game long enough for them to benefit from the Capitals’ own own goal. The footage features the Capitals attempting to stage some offense during a delayed power match, only for winger Carl Hagelin to fire a shot into his net.
That helped Wild close a 2-1 deficit with Marcus Foligno scoring the goal as he was the last opposing player to touch the ball.
Although it looked like Wild could run out of gas in the third inning, Mats Zuccarello completed a frantic push at the last minute, ending the game 2-2 with 34.7 seconds left.
That set the stage for injury time, followed by a penalty shootout in which Wild eventually topped.
https://www.twincities.com/2022/01/08/wild-benefit-from-capitals-own-goal-earn-3-2-shootout-win/ Big benefit from Capitals’ own own goal, winning 3-2 on penalties