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Wild falls in overtime to non-playoff bound Senators 3-2

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The Wild didn't play a particularly great game. Though Nino Niederreiter got the team off to a great start, it would be Mika Zibanejad scoring with eight seconds left to force overtime. Then, Erik Karlsson won it 30.4 seconds left in the extra frame to steal the second point from the Minnesota.

Nino Niederreiter scored just 1:33 into the game when a blocked shot by Erik Haula found it's way to the neutral zone where it was touched on by Justine Fontaine to Nino. The two came down on a 2-on-1 rush and Niederreiter took the shot himself and beat Craig Anderson short side. But even after the goal, Minnesota wasn't particularly effective on the breakout, nor were they really testing Anderson. The Wild only had an 8-7 shot advantage after 20 minutes. Ryan Dzingel tussled in his first NHL fight with Matt Dumba, who fought in just his second career NHL fight.

The Wild had three power play opportunities in the game, in which it came up completely empty. In six total minutes of power play time, the Wild had only two shots on goal and only four shot attempts. Why was the Wild scoreless with the extra man? Because they just don't shoot the puck.

In the second period, a period that featured just five shots from the Senators to Minnesota's 11 shots. Yet, the Sens got the only goal of the period. Mike Hoffman took a shot right off the faceoff that fooled the hell out of Devan Dubnyk. It was just and awful, low-event kind of period where much of nothing was going on for both teams.

In the third period, after not getting assessed any penalties, the Wild took two straight. First Ryan Carter cleared the puck over the glass for a Delay of Game penalty. The Wild was able to kill the penalty, and as Carter exited the box, Mikael Granlund sent the puck on net with Carter crashing. Carter was able to tip the puck in mid-air for the go-ahead goal. Mikko Koivu then took a tripping call in the offensive zone to give Karlsson and the Senator's power play another chance. Jared Spurgeon had a total of five blocked shot in the game - four of which came while killing the Koivu penalty. It was a tremendous shift, and exactly the kind of thing the Wild had been missing on the PK for some time now.

Then, with the empty net for the Sens, a shot that just couldn't be controlled off the end boards, ended up getting put home to tie the game with 8 seconds left by Mika Zibanejad. The Wild hasn't been any good in the 3-on-3 overtime, so overtime with this team needs to be avoided. The Senators use Karlsson and Zibanejad's speed like crazy. After a shot missed the net, those two for Ottawa sped by everyone only to have the shot saved by Dubnyk. The Wild didn't look at all ready for the kind of speed the Sens had in OT. Though the Wild adapted and got through it. Koivu took another bad tripping penalty to give the Sens a power play in overtime, which means the teams play 4-on-3. The Wild had a solid kill and looked to get back on the offensive. However, after Charlie Coyle circled around the offensive zone, he tried to force a pass that got blocked near the blue line. Minnesota was able to get to defend, but Chris Wideman left the puck right in Karlsson's wheelhouse, and he didn't miss it.

The Sens ended up winning a game that was incredibly low-event, sometimes boring, and one that the Wild absolutely needed. It was eight freaking seconds away from victory. 8. It often looked like the Wild was trying to force passes that just were not there, and didn't want to get to the slot enough to really test Anderson. Looking at high-danger scoring chances for the game, the Wild had just 3, according to WarOnIce,com. Couple that number with the numbers from the power play ineptitude, and that's where the Wild lost. If you don't want to go to the dirty areas of the ice, you're not going to win.