ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild spent almost $200 million to sign Zach Parise and Ryan Suter this past offseason. So far, the investment has generated mixed results.
Perhaps Parise’s goal 27 seconds into overtime and in Tuesday night’s comeback 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames will get Minnesota going.
“If we thought that we were just going to sign a couple players and all of a sudden we’ve arrived, and they were going to open the gates, and here we are, a playoff team, that’s not reality," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “It’s hard. You have to do a lot of things to be a winner, to find yourself at that point."
Jason Zucker scored for Minnesota with 4:19 left in regulation to send it to overtime.
Calgary’s Mark Giordano was then given a delay-of-game penalty with 43 seconds to go. The penalty carried over into the extra period, and Parise beat goalie Joey MacDonald for the four-on-three winner. Parise’s goal was only Minnesota’s fourth in its last 41 power-play opportunities.
Alex Tanguay scored for the Flames and MacDonald stopped 28 shots.
The Flames went one-for-seven with the man advantage, and failed to put Minnesota away when given several chances.
Calgary wasted a five-minute power play in the second and a four-minute advantage in the third. It didn’t get a shot on either chances and could barely get set up in Minnesota’s zone.
“When you waste nine minutes of power play without even getting a shot on net, you don’t deserve to win," said Flames coach Bob Hartley, who abruptly ended his postgame news conference after two questions. “We could have put them away and we didn’t."
Also on Tuesday:
SUNRISE, Fla. — Tomas Kopecky recorded his first career hat trick and Tomas Fleischmann had the go-ahead score for his 100th career goal, lifting Florida to a win over Pittsburgh.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Boston beat New York for the 16th time in the past 20 meetings.
TAMPA, Fla. — Tyler Myers scored a go-ahead goal early in third period, helping Ron Rolston win for the first time as Buffalo’s interim coach with a victory over Tampa Bay.
WASHINGTON — Nicklas Backstrom scored in the first period and assisted on John Erskine’s goal in the second, leading Washington over Carolina.
Blue Jackets 4
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Loui Eriksson fought off two defenders to get his stick on a rebound and jammed it in 3:03 into overtime to give Dallas a victory over Columbus.
NEW YORK — Olli Jokinen scored twice and Evander Kane had a goal and assist in the second period for surging Winnipeg, which closed a 4-1 road trip with a win over New York.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patrick Marleau scored in the fourth round of the shootout, Antti Niemi stopped three shots in the final session, and San Jose showed signs of coming out of a monthlong slump with a victory over Colorado.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Kyle Chipchura scored twice and Mike Smith made 29 saves to lead Phoenix to a victory over Vancouver.