Mikko Koivu and the Minnesota Wild are going home and hoping for another trip to Dallas. Koivu scored the tying goal with 3:09 left in regulation, then redirected Ryan Suter's shot from the left point 4:55 in the overtime as Minnesota beat the Stars 5-4 on Friday night to stay alive in their first-round series. "We felt confident, we thought we were going to come out and play a good game. Games 2, 3, 4 and 5, I've liked," Wild interim coach John Torchetti said. "Now we got to go home and try and find a way to get back to Dallas."
NOTES: Jets defenseman Tyler Myers was out with a lower-body injury suffered in a collision with Marcus Foligno in Game 3. He was replaced by Tucker Poolman, a native of Iowa who played in college at North Dakota, on Winnipeg's third blue line pairing with Chiarot. Coyle, Zucker and Niederreiter are without a point in the series.
Jake DeBrusk and Frank Vatrano each scored a first-period goal, and the Boston Bruins held off Minnesota 5-3 on Monday night for their third victory in the last 11 games against the Wild. Sean Kuraly and Torey Krug both scored in the second for the Bruins, shut out in two matchups versus Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk last season. Zdeno Chara and Jordan Szwarz each had two assists as Boston solved Dubnyk early. Minnesota's netminder was pulled after facing 24 shots in two periods. Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots for Boston, including a right-pad save on Mikael Granlund's penalty shot with 13:05 to play.
The Carolina Hurricanes were a fraction of a second from opening their season with a victory in regulation. As tough as shootouts have been for this team over the years, winning one of those was an even more satisfying way to start. Jaccob Slavin scored in the tiebreaker and the Hurricanes beat Minnesota 5-4 on Saturday night after the Wild forced overtime with a goal with 0.3 seconds left in regulation. "Just got to focus on what's next -- obviously, there's nothing we can do about it after it goes in," Slavin said. "So we've just got to focus on overtime there."
As the first full-time captain in Minnesota Wild history, forward Mikko Koivu has had a large influence in the play of the team since his rookie year in 2005-06. Thats especially been the case against the Chicago Blackhawks, who the Wild face Thursday night in pursuit of Minnesotas first win of the young season. Koivu has played 47 games against Chicago in his 13-year career, tallying five goals and 28 assists. Of those 47 games, the Wild have won 27, with 20 of Koivus 28 assists and four of five goals against the Blackhawks coming in victories. Hes recorded at least one point in 22 matchups with Chicago.