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OTTAWA, Ontario – Mikko Koivu scored the tiebreaking goal in the closing minutes of the third period and added two assists to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
Koivu netted the winner with 2:57 left, allowing the Wild to rebound from a 6-2 loss in Montreal on Tuesday.
Former Senators forward Dany Heatley had a goal and an assist for the Wild (14-5-4), as did Jonas Brodin. Jason Pominville had the other goal, and Zach Parise had two assists.
Milan Michalek scored on the power play as the teams approached the midway point of the third period to pull the Senators even with the Wild. It appeared that goal would at least get the Senators to overtime.
Kyle Turris and Mika Zibanejad also scored for the Senators (8-10-4), who have lost three straight and four of five.
A pair of goals in the second period allowed the Wild to take a 3-2 lead into the third, and Heatley played a part in both.
He earned a primary assist on Brodin's goal that tied it 2-2 exactly three minutes into the period and then jammed in a loose puck while behind the net at 6:05.
Heatley pushed a loose puck to the front of the net and then beat defenseman Erik Karlsson to the puck before banking it off goalie Craig Anderson's right pad and in, all while standing behind the goal-line.
The Wild had the only power play of the first period but it proved to be fruitful for both sides as Jared Cowen sat in the penalty box for interference.
The Senators opened the scoring with a short-handed goal on a nifty pass from Clarke MacArthur to Turris. With his stick between his legs, MacArthur fed Turris in the slot, and his one-timer slowly trickled across the line at 5:54.
Just 59 seconds later, Pominville took a pass at the corner of the circle and beat Anderson with a quick shot inside the near post.
Pominville, who leads the Wild with 13 goals, skated in the warmup but was listed as a scratch on the starting lineup before eventually suiting up.
Zibanejad gave the Senators the lead at 11:11, but the celebration was short-lived.
Notes: The Senators played their 800th home game, and 676th in their current arena. ... The Senators have lost only 15 man-games to injury all season. The Wild have lost 62. ... The Wild recalled forward Jason Zucker from the Iowa Wild of the AHL. Zucker had four goals and eight points in 12 games with Iowa this season. ... Minnesota has allowed an NHL-low 23 5-on-5 goals this season. ... Matt Kassian, Eric Gryba and Joe Corvo were scratches for the Senators while Torrey Mitchell and Mike Rupp didn't dress for the Wild.