The good news for Ryan Suter is the Wild made its only trip to Nashville this season. The bad news is he’s got 12 more years of what he experienced Saturday night.
Cast as a villain, a turncoat, the worst kind of deserter imaginable, Suter was repaid for leaving the Predators and signing a 13-year deal with the Wild last summer by being booed and mocked unmercifully by the vivacious Bridgestone Arena crowd.
In the end, Suter had the last laugh by being on the winning end of Minnesota’s gritty 2-1 shootout win.
“I was just trying to get through it, trying to block it out,” Suter said. “It’s not fun being booed. It went the whole game, too. That kind of surprised me. They’ll probably have some sore throats [Sunday].”
Mikko Koivu and Matt Cullen scored in the shootout and Niklas Backstrom, who made 24 saves through overtime, was only beaten once as the Wild grabbed a big two points in the front end of back-to-back games that ends Sunday at home against Vancouver.
Suter, the NHL’s ice time leader, logged one second short of 29 minutes and saw the best of both worlds.
Wild defeats Predators 2-1 on Cullen's shootout goal
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Mar 10