The Wild came up with one of the most dramatic wins of the season Thursday night at Rexall Place.
Unable to score through 59 minutes, 58.8 seconds, Minnesota somehow defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in a shootout.
Dany Heatley scored the tying goal with 1.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime after coach Mike Yeo pulled goaltender Niklas Backstrom for an extra attacker.
"To snatch two points from the jaws of defeat there, it was a pretty good feeling," Yeo said.
The Wild did it short-handed, too; they were without center Mikko Koivu and defenseman Greg Zanon for much of the third period - Koivu because of a big cut in his chin when he was hit by Heatley's skate blade and Zanon because of a groin injury.
"That, to me, is something that's going to be very important with our group," Yeo said. "When we're faced with adversity, when we're faced with a challenge, then we welcome that. We look forward to those opportunities, and we rise to the occasion."
They did on this occasion, although the full house at Rexall Place was expecting something different.
The Oilers were clinging to their 1-0 lead into the final seconds before Yeo inserted a sixth skater. The puck popped free to Heatley to the right of the Oilers' net, and Heatley beat Nikolai Khabibulin to tie it up.
Wild snatch victory from near-certain defeat in Edmonton
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