It’s the one that got away.
The Minnesota Wild had a two-goal lead heading into the third period of Thursday’s playoff game against the Colorado Avalanche, and came away with a 5-4 overtime loss. The Avalanche now lead the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final 1-0, thanks to a thrilling come-from-behind effort.
Paul Stastny scored the overtime winner, after tying the game with 14 seconds left in regulation time. And how about that 18-year-old rookie Nathan MacKinnon, who had a trio of assists in his Stanley Cup playoff debut?
Coughing up such a lead was a point lamented by Wild players afterward.
“We have to learn from it and learn that the game’s not over until it’s over and you have to finish the games,” said Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter, as per Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press.
The Wild also seem to have taken issue with a call that wasn’t made late in the third period.
Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, racing back to keep the puck out of the open net, swatted the puck away but then crashed into the goal, knocking it off. Wild forward Matt Cooke fired the puck toward the net, but play had already been blown dead.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins are going to take their rivalry outside on Saturday.
The Flyers visit the Penguins in a Stadium Series clash at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. You can catch the action on NBC or online with the NBC Sports Live Extra.
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Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:
Goalie nods: Murray, Neuvirth get the call at Heinz Field
Kris Letang won’t play in outdoor game; Schultz game-time decision
NHL On NBC: Penguins, Flyers meet in Stadium Series
Giroux: ‘It’s all business’ between Penguins and Flyers at Heinz Field
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Arizona Coyotes have made a minor league trade.
The Bolts on Saturday acquired right winger Stefan Fournier from the Coyotes in exchange for right winger Jeremy Morin, who has played 82 career NHL games between the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Fournier stands six-foot-three-inches tall and 226 pounds. He has two goals and four points in 29 games with the Tuscon Roadrunners in the AHL.
Morin, who has spent the majority of his pro career in the Blackhawks organization, has been a productive minor league player over the years. He has nine goals and 21 points in 43 games this season with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL.
The New York Islanders entered today with a three-game winning streak and holders of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
But yeah, it’s been a disastrous start for the Islanders on Saturday. The Blue Jackets scored three times in the first period, chasing Thomas Greiss from the New York net after he stopped 14 of 17 shots faced.
Jean-Francois Berube entered the game to begin the second period and promptly surrendered a goal to Josh Anderson, who scored his 12th of the season.
Oh, look at that: Another heated melee involving the Anaheim Ducks and L.A. Kings.
You’ll recall a first-period fight fest in a pivotal Pacific Division game between these teams almost one full year ago. On Saturday, in another meeting between these California rivals, the Ducks and Kings were once again at odds.
This latest conflict? Well, Corey Perry was involved. Again. (Last year, order had been restored during a brief scrum before Perry gave an extra shot to a Kings player, resulting in mayhem.)
Perry was called this time around for interference on Anze Kopitar. Kings players, as you might expect, suddenly rushed over before Nate Thompson and Brayden McNabb squared off in the main event.