For the first 30 minutes Tuesday it looked as though they Ottawa Senators were going to build on their modest two-game winning streak and the emotional 3-0 win Saturday over the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL 100 Classic outdoor game.
It wasn’t the case though as the Minnesota Wild overcame a 3-1 deficit midway through the second period and went on to a 6-4 win over the Senators.
Eric Staal had two goals, Nate Prosser had a goal and an assist and Minnesota snapped a two-game losing streak. After Prosser scored less than two minutes into the third Jonas Brodin’s goal at 4:57 of the third period proved to be the winner for the Wild (18-13-3), who also got goals from Chris Stewart and Mikko Koivu.
Staal made it 6-3 and Derick Brassard pulled the Senators to within two at 18:34.
“I don’t think we played poorly. I think they did a good job for long periods grinding us down and we got tired,” said Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson, who had two goals. “Sometimes when you get tired you make the wrong decision and we couldn’t find an answer to push back.”
Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for the Senators (11-14-7). Craig Anderson made 34 saves but it wasn’t enough to extend their winning streak to three games.
The Wild also got a 28-save performance from Alex Stalock, including one point blank off a one-timer from Bobby Ryan seconds after the Wild took a 4-3 lead.
“We kind of felt our confidence build up. We were down 3-1 and our bench didn’t get down. Guys were building each other up and we got that next goal which was huge,” Prosser said.
The Senators built a 3-1 lead in the opening six minutes of the second period but the Wild fought back with two goals of their own in the second half of the period to tie the game heading into the third.
Karlsson scored his second goal of the game at 1:08 of the period on the power play as he beat Stalock with a shot from the point.