On Tuesday night, the Minnesota Wild won against the New Jersey Devils 2-1 thanks to Matt Boldy’s overtime goal with only 1.3 seconds remaining, while Filip Gustavsson set a new career high with 47 saves.
“I knew I got out there within like a minute, so I knew it was kind of towards the end, but not really how much was actually left until I kind of turned away after the goal and heard the horn go off. But it was kind of nice when I knew for sure,” Boldy said. “I had time to make the move that I wanted to make, kind of make a read on the goalie coming in rather than trying to fire one.”
The game was a chippy, defensive struggle. After two scoreless periods, the Devils were outshooting the Wild 22-19.
“It was a tough game,” New Jersey’s Jesper Bratt said. “That’s how it’s going to be this time of year where two teams that are going to the playoffs — this is how it’s going to be. Not a lot of scoring chances, and tight defense all game, and obviously tough until the last second.”
It wasn’t until 6 minutes and 41 seconds into the third period that Minnesota managed to score their first goal of the game, with Mason Shaw netting his seventh goal of the season with a wraparound shot.
The Devils quickly responded, however, with Timo Meier scoring his 35th goal of the season on a wraparound of his own just five minutes later.
“It was huge,” Bratt said of his teammate’s goal. “This is the time of year, and especially in the playoffs, where guys like that lift — and he’s been playing really well and I think as a group we’re starting to come together a little more with the chemistry and stuff and starting to find each other a little more. And he had a great effort on the goal there and got us back in the game.”
Despite a late power play opportunity, New Jersey failed to score and the game went into overtime. In the extra five-minute period, both goaltenders made key saves in a back-and-forth battle.
“He’s looked comfortable to us throughout the whole game,” Wild coach Dean Evason said of Gustavsson. “Just looks like he looks right. He’s calm. He goes about his business.”
After Jack Hughes hit the post for the Devils, the puck caromed off a post to Boldly and he beat the buzzer with his 23rd goal of the season.
“I heard the horn right after the goal, which honestly kind of surprised me,” Boldly said. “I wasn’t sure that there was that little bit of time left.”
Vitek Vanecek stopped 27 shots for New Jersey.
“It was a tight game,” Vanecek said. “It was 0-0, they scored in the third, we scored in the third, then they scored in overtime. … It’s frustrating, but what are you going to do?”
NOTES: The Devils are 10-4 in overtime, while the Wild improved to 4-5.