Niederreiter gives Wild 4-3 win over Sharks in OT

Nino Niederreiter was frustrated at losing the puck during overtime. Once he got it back, he wasn’t going to let another opportunity pass.

Niederreiter scored 3:26 into the extra period and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Sunday night after squandering a three-goal lead.

Eric Staal scored twice and Ryan Murphy added a goal as the Wild extended their winning streak over the Sharks to four games.

The Wild, winners in four of their last five games, scored twice in the first 10 minutes. A series of sharp passes set up Murphy for a power-play goal just more than four minutes in. Staal sent a pass to Jason Zucker behind the net and he found Murphy for a 1-on-1 score.

He has been great as a freshman for the defending national champs. Over in the AHL, Matthew Highmore, an undrafted free agent signing out of the QMJHL, has been Rockford’s second-leading scorer this season as a rookie, while Czech forward David Kampf also has been a bright spot in his first North America campaign.

“He was great,” Ladd said about Halak. “A lot of big saves, especially in the second. When we had a two-goal lead, he had a couple of big ones to keep us with that spread. He was phenomenal tonight.”

Braden Holtby made nine saves for the Capitals before being pulled after the Islanders scored their third goal 1:34 into the second period. Philipp Grubauer made 17 saves in relief, and Dmitry Orlov scored Washington’s only goal.

Look, announcers have to say a LOT of words every game, and the right phrase isn’t always on the tip of your tongue. Chris Myers saw Delanie Walker performing CPR on the football, and the words that came out to describe it were “burping the baby.” I don’t think he doesn’t know know how to burp a baby. It’s not like he’s fending off lawsuits for crushing infants’ chests while babysitting, you know?canadiens_539_c474b5bc4b59ed5a-140x140

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