Eriksson’s OT winner lifts Bruins over Wild

St. Paul, MN ( – Loui Eriksson scored the game-winning goal
1:30 into overtime to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the
Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.

Zdeno Chara flung the puck around the boards off a faceoff win, Carl Soderberg
tracked it down and Eriksson deposited Soderberg’s cross-crease pass into a
wide-open net for the deciding marker.

Soderberg finished with a goal and an assist, Patrice Bergeron also lit the
lamp and Niklas Svedberg made 35 saves for the Bruins, who ended a three-game

Bruins forward David Krejci made his return to the lineup after missing
11 straight games and 17 of the last 19 with a groin injury. He registered one
shot in 18:22 of ice time.

Kyle Brodziak and Jason Pominville both supplied offense for the Wild, who
have lost consecutive games for the first time in over a month.

Niklas Backstrom stopped 22 pucks in defeat.

Two players playing in their 700th career game combined on the game-tying goal
for the Wild. Svedberg fought off Ryan Suter’s shot from the left point, but
Suter followed the rebound and his shot went off Pominville’s skate in front
for a 2-2 contest with 8:21 remaining.

The Bruins went on the power play with 2:28 to play after Brett Sutter leveled
Craig Cunningham away from the play for an interference minor, but the Wild
killed it off and the game went to overtime.

Boston needed just 5:06 to start the scoring as Soderberg’s strong effort in
front beat Backstrom.

Just 27 seconds later, Brodziak emerged from the left boards, slipped the puck
through Gregory Campbell’s skates and ripped a wrister over the shoulder of
Svedberg from the circle for a tied game.

Bergeron was tightly marked by a defender along the right boards, but released
a knuckler that fooled Svedberg for a 2-1 lead with 2:05 remaining in the
opening stanza.

In the second, Minnesota embarked on a 5-on-3 power play for over a minute
after Kevan Miller tripped Zach Parise 48 seconds after a Bergeron hooking
call, but the Bruins defense stood tall as they killed off both infractions to
maintain the lead.

Both teams had quality chances in the middle stages of the third.

Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon’s blast rang off the crossbar with 11:07 left
and the Bruins jammed the puck past Backstrom less than a minute later, but it
was ruled no goal because Backstrom had it covered and was pushed over the
goal line.

Game Notes

The Bruins won the second game of back-to-back contests for the first time
this season. They were 0-5-0 in those instances prior to the win … It was
Boston’s third straight game decided beyond regulation … Wild forward Justin
Fontaine recorded a game-high six shots on goal.