Another bad Wild loss was brewing until Ryan Suter clicked twice on the power play en route to the first hat trick by a Wild defenseman.

No player in the NHL logs more ice time than Ryan Suter, yet 40 games into this season, he didn’t have a single goal.

Four games later, he has five.

“It’s funny how it works, huh?” Suter said 15 minutes after the Wild’s come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Washington Capitals, a game in which the Wild’s 30-minute muncher needed only three seeing-eye shots to become the first defenseman to notch a hat trick in Wild history.

“I can’t get the smile off my face. … I can’t even score two goals in summer hockey.”

Suter, who scored two power-play goals 42 seconds apart in the second period through Dany Heatley screens, capped his milestone evening 7:37 into the third when he emerged from the penalty box and whistled Clayton Stoner’s 2-on-1 pass by Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.

“That doesn’t happen very often, me on a 2-on-1, let alone with another defenseman,” said Stoner, who has 30 career points in 202 games. “It was a little surreal coming down the ice.”

Hats flooded the ice at the X for the first time since Chuck Kobasew’s hat trick Nov. 27, 2009. It was the 16th hat trick in Wild history; Suter was the eighth player to get one.

“I was just hoping I didn’t miss the net,” Suter said.

The Wild won consecutive games in regulation for the first time since Dec. 2 and 5, but there is concern. Captain Mikko Koivu sustained a foot injury when he was nailed by Nicklas Backstrom’s dump-in early in the second period, and struggled to the bench.