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Wild top Bruins with dominant 3rd

Oct 29, 2014 - 6:59 AM Boston, MA ( - Marco Scandella scored the game-winning goal late in regulation as the Minnesota Wild notched three unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Boston Bruins, 4-3, on Tuesday.

Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise and Justin Fontaine also lit the lamp for Minnesota, which bounced back from a 5-4 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday.

"These guys are doing a tremendous job for us," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "What I like is that they're doing it the right way."

Niklas Backstrom stopped 25-of-28 shots in his second start of the season.

Seth Griffith had two goals and an assist and Milan Lucic supplied a goal and a helper for the Bruins, who received 38 saves from Tuukka Rask in defeat.

"There is no excuse why we shouldn't have been the better team in the third," Rask said. "It was a good learning experience for us."

The Wild tied the game with two goals in a span of 2:13 during the third.

Mikael Granlund sent a spin-o-rama pass from the left circle to Parise, who redirected the puck over Rask to get the Wild within a goal 4:21 into the final frame.

After Rask denied Ryan Carter with a toe save, Fontaine intercepted a Boston clear and wristed it into the back of the net for a 3-3 game with 13:26 remaining.

Scandella capped off the comeback with 5:53 to play after his point blast deflected off the leg of David Krejci up high and over the glove of Rask.

Boston almost scored in the opening minutes after the puck fell behind Backstrom, but Granlund was there to sweep it away before it went over the goal line.

Minnesota opened the scoring 4:51 into the first. Matt Bartkowski turned the puck over behind the net and Thomas Vanek dished the puck to Niederreiter, who one-timed the puck past Rask.

Griffith crashed the net and tipped in Krejci's cross-ice feed into the net to tie the game with 1:37 to play in the opening stanza.

The Bruins went ahead 5:23 into the second. Gregory Campbell skated down the left side and sent the puck past a diving defender at the left circle to Griffith, who went hard to the net and scored his second of the night before tripping over Backstrom and flying over the goalmouth in Bobby Orr-esque fashion.

Lucic redirected Torey Krug's left-circle shot past Backstrom for a power play goal and a 3-1 Bruins lead with 3:01 to play in the second.

Game Notes

Minnesota is now 7-1-0 all-time in Boston ... Bruins defenseman Zach Trotman registered his first career point with an assist on Griffith's goal ... Boston has scored a first-period goal in seven straight games ... Minnesota recalled defensemen Stu Bickel and Justin Falk from Iowa (AHL) and placed defensemen Christian Folin and Keith Ballard on injured reserve prior to the game ... The Wild are now 0-for-26 this season on the power play.