One night after blowing a three-goal lead, the Minnesota Wild turned the tide and rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to defeat the Boston Bruins Tuesday at the TD Garden.
Zach Parise and Justin Fontaine scored two minutes and 13 seconds to tie the game early in the third period. Nearly 10 minutes after Parise got the Wild to within one, Marco Scandella one-timed a pass from Jason Zucker off David Krejci and past Tuukka Rask. Rask reacted late like he did not see the shot, even though there was little traffic in front of him.
Niklas Backstrom stood strong to close the door, even though he officially stopped just one shot in the final three minutes of the game. The one had to make was a big one. Bruins forward Brad Marchand had a clear shot from the slot, but his shot glanced off the shoulder of Backstrom and over the net.
The Wild (5-3-0) scored first when Nino Niederreiter redirected a pass from Thomas Vanek into the net at the 4:51 mark of the opening period. Vanek stole the puck from the Bruins defenseman and sent a pass up the slot to a streaking Niederreiter.
The Bruins (5-6-0) scored three straight with rookie Seth Griffith scoring two and assisting on the third. He redirected passes from Krejci and Greg Campbell for both of his goals.
The Wild return to action Thursday against the San Jose Sharks at the Xcel Energy Center.
No. 3 – Seth Griffith. The Bruins forward recorded two goals and an assist.
No. 2 – Zach Parise. The Wild forward scored a goal.
No. 1 – Marco Scandella. The Wild defenseman scored a goal.
Minnesota……1 0 3 – 4
Boston……..…1 2 0 – 3
First Period – 1, Minnesota, Niederreiter 2 (Vanek), 4:51. 2, Boston, Griffith 2 (Krejci, Trotman), 18:23. Penalties – Seidenberg, BOS (holding), 15:19; Zucker, MIN (tripping), 19:09.
Second Period – 3, Boston, Griffith 3 (Campbell, Lucic), 5:23. 4, Boston, Lucic 2 (Krug, Griffith), 16:59 (pp). Penalties – Brodziak, MIN (tripping), 15:25.
Third Period – 5, Minnesota, Parise 4 (Granlund, Spurgeon), 4:21. 6, Minnesota, Fontaine 1 (Carter, Cooke), 6:34. 7, Minnesota, Scandella 2 (Zucker, Coyle), 14:07. Penalties – Backstrom, MIN (embellishment), 9:03; Griffith, BOS (goaltender interference), 9:03.
Shots on goal – Minnesota 13-11-18 42. Boston 10-10-8 28.
Goalies – Minnesota, Backstrom (25-28). Boston, Rask (38-42). Referees – Dave Lewis, Wes McCauley. Linesmen – Michel Cormier, Tony Sericolo.