Devin Setoguchi snapped a 13 game scoreless streak, dating back to last season, with a one-time blast past Chris Mason on the power play to give the Minnesota Wild a 2-1 overtime win over the Nashville Predators.
It was a very good game, but it will be marred by two questionable penalty calls.
The more noteworthy penalty came with just over two minutes remaining in the extra session. Predators center Paul Gaustad was called for commtting a new rule in the book that prohibits a player from winning a face off with his glove hand.
Predators coach Barry Trotz, a member of the rule committee that looked into amending the face off rule, was frustrated at the time of the penalty and after the game.
"All the rules state that you can't win a face off with your hand," he said. "Everything that we talked about was tying someone up and winning it with your free hand and pushing it back.
"If you look (at the penalty on Gaustad), it was a bad drop. (The puck) bounces three feet in the air and lands on his hand. He swipes at it - it's a natural reaction. That's not the intent of that rule. I'm going to need an explanation, to me that is not the intent of a face off rule. When there is a bad drop, it bounces three feet in the air and he has both hands on his stick - it is not like he is using his free hand. I'm gonna get an explanation from the league. For me it was a questionable call at an important time of the game.
"(The referees) always come up with their own thing (referring to the explanation he received on the ice), but I need it from the league."
Setoguchi took advantage of the extra room on the ice and buried a slap shot on his second one-time attempt.
"It feels nice, obviously," he said. "Now I just need to keep doing the same things and getting chances to score. I know that the puck will keep going in.
"I had the first one and was trying to go top corner and I kind of heeled it. So I was a little disappointed there. I had the one chance. (Mikko Koivu) made a nice play and as soon as I moved it to him, I knew it was coming right back. So I just made sure I was ready and tried to aim for the middle of the net and it went in short-side."
The other questionable call nearly gave the Predators the opportunity to win the game.
It also involved Setoguchi, but this time he was the victim. Right after a face off loss, Setoguchi went in to forecheck, but Predators defenseman Shea Weber picked him and lifted his stick into the face of Scott Hannan. Hannan received a gash just above his eye and Setoguchi was forced to sit in the sin bin for four minutes.
"It's tough," Setoguchi said. "I was just trying to get there and (Weber) gives me a little hook and lifts my stick. Either way, if it goes the other way they've got to call it. It's just one of those unlucky plays."
The Wild's penalty killers shut the door and Niklas Backstrom kept the scored tied at one.
"Give it to our (penalty kill) and (Backstrom) for holding us in there," Setoguchi said. "It's a long four minutes and probably felt like 12 sitting in the penalty box."
The Predators (5-2-4) had one really good opportunity to take the lead, but Weber missed an open net on the backdoor.
After the Predators took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, Cal Clutterbuck tipped a shot from Ryan Suter between the legs of Chris Mason to knot the game at 1-1. Suter finished the game with assists on both Wild goals.
The Wild (5-5-1) played its most complete game of the season and even had a substantial lead in shots on goal, before giving the Predators three power play opportunities in the final 14 minutes of the game.
No. 3 – Devin Setoguchi. The Wild forward scored the game-winning goal.
No. 2 – Chris Mason. The Predators goalender stopped 30 shots in the loss.
No. 1 – Niklas Backstrom. The Wild goaltender stopped 25 shots in the win.
Nashville 1 0 0 0 – 1
Minnesota 0 1 0 1 – 2
First Period – 1, Nashville, Gaustad 1 (Smith), 10:11. Penalties – Bourque, Nash (tripping), 3:49; Erat, Nash (hooking), 10:29; Erat, Nash (roughing), 12:44; Backstrom, Min (delay of game; served by Setoguchi), 12:44; Granlund, Min (interference), 15:11; Yip, Nash (roughing), 18:11; Konopka, Min (tripping), 18:21.
Second Period – 2, Minnesota, Ckutterbuck 2 (Suter, Cullen), 13:59. Penalties – Coyle, Min (interference), 7:40; Suter, Min (high sticking), 14:29; Wilson, Nash (high sticking), 18:53.
Third Period – None. Penalties – Setoguchi, Min, double minor (high sticking), 6:18; Gilbert, Min (high sticking), 12:27.
Overtime – 3, Minnesota, Setoguchi 1 (Koivu, Suter), . Penalties – Gaustad, Nash (delay of game-face off violation), 2:38.
Shots on goal – Nashville 6-7-12-1 26. Minnesota 10-9-8-5 32.
Goalies – Nashville, Mason (30-32). Minnesota, Backstrom (25-26). A – 18,806. Referees – Mike Leggo, Eric Furlatt. Linesmen – David Brisebois, Ryan Galloway.