ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Hartman scored with 12.1 seconds left in overtime and the Minnesota Wild extended their season-opening win streak to four games, rallying to beat Anaheim 4-3 on Saturday night.
Minnesota has won two straight overtime games and rallied from a deficit in all its wins.
Brandon Duhaime, Jared Spurgeon and Jon Merrill scored for Minnesota, which has won its first four games for the first time since 2008-09. The franchise best for season-opening wins is six in 2006-07.
In overtime, Mats Zuccarello corralled a loose puck in the neutral zone and fed Hartman, who beat John Gibson from the left circle.
Minnesota has won its last nine games against Anaheim, and is 11-1-1 in the last 13 games between the teams. The Wild won 2-1 in Anaheim on Oct. 15.
In the last outing of a four-game trip in which it went 1-2-1, Anaheim got two goals from Rickard Rakell and another score from Troy Terry. Hampus Lindholm and Ryan Getzlaf each had two assists, and John Gibson made 32 saves.
Rakell scored on a redirect early in the second, and Merrill tied the game 3-3 in the middle of the period with his first goal in 59 games, converting a feed from Marcus Foligno, who circled behind the net before a backhand feed to Merrill. Anaheim unsuccessfully challenged that the Wild were offsides.
Rakell scored on a rebound 78 seconds into the game, before Duhaime netted his first career goal midway through the opening period in an unusual way. Looking down to pick up his stick, a shot from Nico Sturm ricocheted off a defender’s stick, then Duhaime’s skate and into the net.
Spurgeon scored on a slap shot less than two minutes later, and Terry scored on a deflection a couple minutes after that, tying the game at 2-all. Terry has two goals and four assists in his last four games.
NOTES: Cam Talbot had 21 saves for Minnesota. … Foligno has a four-game point streak, his best to start a season. … Anaheim D Kevin Shattenkirk’s five-game point streak to begin the season ended. … LW Max Comtois returned to the Ducks lineup after being a healthy scratch Thursday. He played with Terry and Getzlaf and was penalized twice. LW Sonny Milano was scratched.
Anaheim: Returns home for a game against Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Wild: Hosts Nashville on Sunday.
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