Wild win 5-4 in OT vs. Predators

Published 8:55 am Thursday, December 3, 2009

After a rough start to the season, the Minnesota Wild are headed in the right direction. Andrew Ebbett and Guillaume Latendresse joined the charge at just the right time, for them and their new team.

Ebbett’s rebound shot in overtime lifted the Wild to a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night.

“I’ve really enjoyed myself here,” Ebbett said. “It’s been frustrating so far this year, so it’s a big relief to jump in and help out right away and get some opportunities.”

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Latendresse, who scored in the first period, was stopped twice by Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne before Ebbett put his stick out to punch in the next try for Minnesota with a backhand from the slot.

“Definitely the right place at the right time,” said Ebbett, who has two goals in four games for the Wild and could’ve been referring to his change of address too.

Ebbett was claimed from Chicago — his second time on waivers this season — and Latendresse came in a trade with Montreal, both in the past two weeks. Neither of them were fitting in with their previous teams, so the switch was welcomed. Latendresse, who has two goals in three games, played more than 17 minutes.

“You know that they’re going to have that initial energy where they want to come in and they want to do really well,” coach Todd Richards said, adding: “Whenever you bring in somebody new, there’s always a little bit of a threat of guys getting ice time and position. So it’s that competition amongst the team, which is a healthy thing.”

Jason Arnott scored twice, including the go-ahead goal early in the third period, helping Nashville’s top line get back on track. Steve Sullivan, who had three assists, tied the game at 3 with his goal midway through the second period.

“I talked to all three of them,” coach Barry Trotz said. “I thought they could have a bigger impact on the game, and they did tonight.”