Nino Niederreiter snagged the puck off the boards and rushed toward the net, deftly setting up a wrist shot with a slick deke to each side.
The puck whizzed past Nashville goalie Carter Hutton's stick to give Minnesota an overtime victory but, before it got there, it had to elude Niederreiter's good friend.
Niederreiter's goal with 2:44 left in the extra period lifted the Wild past the Predators 3-2 on Thursday night, and the tipped shot went between the legs of Roman Josi, who will play with Niederreiter next week for Switzerland in the Olympics. They'll be roommates, actually.
''I might mention it to him right now, but I'm not sure if he'll be happy about it,'' Niederreiter said. ''At the same time, like I said, it was a big win for us and we needed those points. It felt like a playoff game out there because it was a pretty tough one.''
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