Paul Gaustad scored his first goal of the season but also was called for a costly penalty in overtime of the Nashville Predators’ 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
Gaustad, coach Barry Trotz and several Predators players vehemently protested the referee’s ruling that Gaustad committed a faceoff violation with 2:48 to play in the four-on-four overtime period.
Their cries fell on def ears, though, and Devin Setoguchi thrilled the crowd of 18,806 at Xcel Energy Center when he scored the game-winner with 49 seconds remaining in the overtime and 27 seconds to go on the power play.
The result snapped Nashville’s four-game win streak and Minnesota’s three-game losing streak. The Predators did earn a point because they played beyond regulation for the sixth time in 11 games. The first five all went to shootouts.
Former Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter had assists on both Wild goals. It was his second multi-point game for his new team and gave him six points on the season. His first assist came at 12:59 of the second period and Cal Clutterbuck deflected his shot past goalie Chris Mason and tied the game 1-1.
Mason played for just the second time and made 30 saves. His only other appearance was a 3-1 victory at Minnesota on Jan. 22.
Nashville was outshot for the 10 straight game. This time the count was 32-26, including 5-1 in the overtime.
Gaustad gave the Predators an early lead when he scored 10:11 into the contest. Craig Smith had the lone assist, his first point of the season.
The Predators begin a stretch of four home games in seven days Sunday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks (7 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee). Chicago (9-0-2) is the only NHL team that has yet to lose in regulation.