ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Nino Niederreiter’s goal with 2:44 left in overtime lifted Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night, the fifth straight home win for the Wild.
Jonas Brodin and Zach Parise scored early to offset two goals for the Predators by Craig Smith, who raised his team-leading total to 18. Carter Hutton made 33 saves and helped thwart a Wild power play in the waning minutes of regulation, but that wasn’t quite enough.
Niederreiter snagged the puck off the boards and raced toward the net on the rush, setting up his wrist shot with some slick stick work. He faked back and forth before firing away, sending his shot between the legs of defenseman Roman Josi, who happens to be his OIympic teammate for Switzerland.