In the past week and a half the Wild have proven they can been an offensive juggernaut and a defensive specialist. They have gotten production from up and down the lineup and look to have a couple of goaltenders they can trust in any situation. They have also witnessed the birth of a potential superstar in Kirill Kaprizov.
No wonder the Wild have won six games in a row. The winning streak continued on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center in the most dramatic of fashions.
Matt Dumba scored with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to lift the Wild to an incredible 4-3 victory over the the Los Angeles Kings. The victory also helped the Wild improve to 12-2-1 on Hockey Day Minnesota.
It didn’t look like the Wild would need a dramatic finish after jumping out to a commanding lead.
After a sloppy start, which was probably to be expected with both teams playing a back-to-back, the Wild made it 1-0 late in the first period with a goal from Joel Eriksson Ek. It wasn’t the prettiest goal, though maybe that’s for the best, as it served a not-so-subtle reminder to the Wild that ugly goals count the same.
A few minutes later, the Wild fittingly got a pretty goal from Nico Sturm to make it 2-0 after a beautiful setup from Nick Bjugstad. Life is all about balance, right? That goal helped the Wild take control and continued the positive trend them getting depth scoring throughout the lineup.
That score held into the the second period where Kirill Kaprizov stretched the lead to 3-0 with a blast from the slot. It was a fortunate play as the puck bounced right to Kaprizov after Victor Rask turn his stick into sawdust on an initial shot from the point.
While it looked like that might be enough, the Kings had other ideas as Drew Doughty cut the deficit to 3-1 on the power play, and Austin Wagner made it 3-2 with a breakaway goal.
Both teams battled back-and-forth in the third period before Adrian Kempe tied the game at 3-3 late with a knuckle puck that floated past goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen.
That set the stage for overtime, and while a shootout looked imminent as the final seconds ticked away, Dumba played hero with an incredible move in front after an equally incredible pass from Mats Zuccarello to send him in.