ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have reshuffled lines, made a trade and held a players-only meeting to try and get going this season.
Maybe Devin Setoguchi ending his goal-scoring drought on Saturday will do the trick.
Setoguchi's power-play goal at 4:21 of overtime gave Minnesota a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators and ended the Wild's three-game losing streak.
Setoguchi took a pass from Mikko Koivu and fired a shot past Chris Mason for his first goal of the season and the Wild's 23rd in 11 games.
"This is a clean slate. I don't care what happened the first 10 games or whatever," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We're not for making excuses, but at the same time, there was no training camp and there was no exhibition. It takes some guys a little time to get going. That's a real thing. Let's hope this is the point where we start to take off."
Cal Clutterbuck also scored, and Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots for Minnesota.
Paul Gaustad scored for Nashville, which had a four-game winning streak broken.
Gaustad was whistled for a hand-pass penalty on a faceoff at 2:48 of overtime. Gaustad held his hands up in bewilderment as he skated to the penalty box, and coach Barry Trotz yelled at the officials.
"I don't really want to comment on it too much because I'll probably get fined," Gaustad said. "The interpretation of the rule, I thought, is intentional glove play. The drop goes up in the air three feet, I'm on my movement, hits the top of my glove without me trying to do it, and I think they probably should explain the rules a little more clear to us."
Trotz has been on the committee that examined the faceoff rule, and even he was unclear exactly what happened.
"I'm going to get an explanation from the league. For me it was a poor call, a questionable call at a very important time of the game," Trotz said. "I mean, come on. I don't agree with that at all."
Mason — starting in place of Pekka Rinne — turned aside a couple of Wild scoring chances after the penalty, but couldn't stop Setoguchi's shot.
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