The Minnesota Wild came from behind to beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in overtime on Sunday in the NHL at Rogers Place.
It was a tense game. While it lacked quality, probably due to the busy schedule that is starting to have an impact on both squads, it was certainly not short on excitement.
The Oilers scored first at 2:56 of the first period as Patrick Maroon got to a long rebound off a point shot from defenseman Mark Fayne and quickly smashed the puck past Devan Dubnyk.
The Wild hit-back though through Charlie Coyle with 54.9 seconds left in the first period when he took a pass from Nino Niederreiter and beat Oilers goaltender Jonas Gustavsson for his ninth goal of the season.
Despite being ferociously contested, the second and third periods passed without any goals being scored and so overtime was required.
With 1:49 remaining, Mikko Koivu stepped up to the plate for the Wild. He took a drop pass from Coyle, cut to the net and beat Gustavsson for the game-winning goal.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) December 5, 2016
Speaking after the game, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau spoke highly of Koivu’s game-winning goal as well as his contribution throughout the evening.
“Mikko Koivu did so many things aside from scoring that winning goal,” Boudreau said.
“He was 21-2 on the faceoffs. I’ve never seen it that high, that kind of percentage for that kind of number you’ve taken.
“I’m sure someone has been 26-1 at some point, but not too many people have done that. He was out there every time there was an important faceoff.
“I thought he controlled the game when he was out there. He was a true leader out there.”
See all the other results from Sunday’s NHL action below.
Los Angeles Kings 4-5 Montreal Canadiens (After penalties)
Carolina Hurricanes 1-0 Tampa Bay Lightning (After overtime)
Nashville Predators 2-4 Philadelphia Flyers
New York Islanders 3-4 Detroit Red Wings (After overtime)
Chicago Blackhawks 1-2 Winnipeg Jets
Calgary Flames 8-3 Anaheim Ducks