It's no fun coming to the rink when you're losing. It's no fun when people are calling for every head, questioning every move, scrutinizing every player. So the last 24 hours for the Wild has been all about lowering the temperature, clearing the mind, and having fun again. Well, there's nothing more fun than an overtime winner, so it's only fitting that OT master Devin Setoguchi, one of the most maligned on this snakebit team, scored the big goal to lift the Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center. The one-time 30-goal scorer was dropped to the fourth line the past two games. He had no goals this season. So the weight lifted off his shoulders had to feel the same for a team that had lost three in a row. "This is what we talked about -- clean slate," said coach Mike Yeo. "I don't care what happened the first 10 games. ... Let's hope this is the point where they start to take off." In overtime, after linesman Ryan Galloway called Predators center Paul Gaustad for intentionally directing a puck with his hand on a faceoff (Nashville coach Barry Trotz called it a "poor call"), Setoguchi one-timed Mikko Koivu's pass past Chris Mason with 38 seconds left. It was Setoguchi's fifth career overtime goal (second in the regular season).
Overtime goal stops Wild's skid
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 10