By EDMONTON – February 14, 2018 – 2:20:43After a slow start to the season that saw the Wild miss the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, the Wild rallied for a 5-2 win on Saturday at Nationwide Arena.
After allowing the Capitals a goal early in the first period, the defense held the puck for two periods and then scored twice to take a 2-0 lead.
After taking a 3-1 lead into the third period, Wild defenseman Alex Tuch took a shot from behind and beat goalie Braden Holtby for his second goal of the game.
In the final period, Tuch scored on a pass from Ryan Suter.
Tuch had five shots on goal, all on the power play.
The Wild had four shots on net in the game, but were outshot 21-16.
The Capitals got off to a slow opening night for the Wild, losing 7-1 to the Colorado Avalanche in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Wild, who finished with just four wins in the regular season, went on a nine-game win streak from March 1-26, the longest streak in the NHL.
The win helped the Wild to their fifth straight victory, a franchise record.