The Wild scored three times in a 1:41 stretch of the first period, then came up with the game-winning goal only eight seconds after the Lightning had tied the score at 4-4 early in the third.
While this stretch has been unique, a mashup of 28 flights and 30 nights in a hotel over 39 days, it didn't ultimately wreck the Wild.
The Wild didn't practice Friday ahead of its final test on a three-game trip Saturday against Carolina, but the team was still busy shuffling its roster.
By beating Tampa Bay on Thursday night, coach Bruce Boudreau's team won its fifth consecutive game and sits in the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.
Brennan Menell was leading defensemen in the AHL with 17 assists. The 22-year-old grew up in Woodbury rooting for Jared Spurgeon, Cal Clutterbuck, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Derek Boogaard
Coach Bruce Boudreau recaps the 5-4 win over the Lightning Thursday.
The Wild persevered late to hold off the Lightning for a 5-4 win Thursday in Tampa.
GAME RECAPSTAR TRIBUNE'S 1. Mats Zuccarello, Wild: He scored the game-winning goal and assisted on two others for a three-point effort. 2. Carson Soucy,…
Jared Spurgeon was injured in the first period Tuesday when he took a shot to the hand during a Panthers power play. Nick Seeler will take his place Thursday when the Wild continues its three-game road trip.
The Wild's three-game road trip continues Thursday in Tampa with the team vying to extend his season-high point streak to 11 games.
After rallying for a 4-2 win Tuesday vs. the Panthers in Florida, the Wild totes a season-high 10-game point streak into action Thursday vs. the Lightning.
Since a loss to the Kings on Nov. 12, the Wild has secured points in 10 consecutive games (7-0-3) to move back onto the fringes of the playoff race.
Defenseman Jared Spurgeon was hurt in the first period and center Mikko Koivu skated one shift in the third before leaving the game, which the Wild won with a pair of third-period goals.
In 16 games before suffering a lower-body injury Nov. 7 in San Jose, Foligno scored twice and chipped in four assists.
Wild rookie Kaapo Kahkonen finished with 44 saves, 36 of which came in succession after the Panthers' two goals.
Defenseman Jared Spurgeon and captain Mikko Koivu didn't finish the 4-2 win over the Panthers Thursday at BB&T Center.
Coach Bruce Boudreau recaps the 4-2 win over the Panthers on Tuesday.
The Wild is 0-4 this season in overtime and 12-32 all-time since the 3-on-3 format was implemented ahead of 2015-16.
Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen is scheduled to make his second NHL start Tuesday in Florida against the Panthers.
Under first year coach Joel Quenneville the Panthers (13-8-5) are seventh in the Eastern standings and are the NHL's fifth-highest-scoring team.