Florida scores 'crazy goal' in final seconds to stun Wild

A tipped in goal with 5.6 seconds to play won it for the Panthers.
Publish date:

Waking up with the flu would be less gut-wrenching the way the Wild lost to Florida Monday night. 

Playing the third game of a season-long seven-game homestand, the Wild and Panthers were tied 4-4 when Florida controlled the puck into the offensive zone, just missing on a couple of scoring chances before Noel Acciari tipped in the game-winning goal off a shot from Mark Pysyk with 5.6 to play in the third period. 

"It's just a crazy goal," said coach Bruce Boudreau."

"Pretty disheartening," said forward Zach Parise, via Wild.com. "From getting ourselves back into the driver's seat and feeling like a few more shifts and we had to close it out to not getting a point out of it, that's a tough one right now where we are. That's a tough one to take."

Minnesota rallied from three one-goal deficits, the third coming in the third period to tie the score 3-3 on a rebound goal by Parise, his fifth goal in the past four games and 19th of the season. 

Luke Kunin's second goal of the night (his first was shorthanded) put Minnesota up 4-3 with 12:54 to play, but Florida found the answer with 4:08 left in the game, paving the way for the stomach-punch of a finish. 

With 33 games remaining, the Wild (50 points) are seven points out of a wild-card spot with Winnipeg (54 points), Chicago (54 points) and Nashville (51 points) also fighting for those coveted playoff spots, which are currently held by Vegas and Arizona, both of whom have 57 points. 

Next Up

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day 2020?

Most services will not be running on Thursday and unlike most years, many stores will be closed, too.


How a turkey's brush with celebrity in Bloomington came to a tragic end

DNR: if you care about wild animals, stop feeding them

TCF Bank Stadium

Saturday's Gophers/Badgers football game canceled due to COVID-19 issues

The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe will not take place for the first time since 1906.

coronavirus, Iowa

MN health officials don't think downside of COVID-19 peak has arrived

We could be in a trough between a series of waves, Jan Malcolm said.

covid-19, coronavirus

Wisconsin reports record 104 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday

That's roughly 10% of the total in the nation in a 24-hour period.


Husband and wife sentenced for fraud scheme through their drywall firm

The Annandale pair bilked an insurance company out of more than $300,000.


4 pedestrians suffer life-threatening injuries after being struck by vehicle

Two vehicles crashed into a car that was on the side of the road after striking a deer.

Marcus Carr

Gophers season preview: New lineup, deeper bench, more questions

Mathew Goldstein takes a deep dive into the murky waters of the college hoops season.


Photos: ViV!R, Minneapolis' new Mexican cafe and shop, is now open

The team behind the acclaimed Popol Vuh have opened the cafe in the same space.


At Wiscoy Township's sole precinct, election judges ditched masks

Voter and Wiscoy resident Kaitlyn O'Connor took a photo of the judges after asking them to wear masks, she said


Bruce Boudreau

Debate is on after questionable shootout goal in Wild-Rangers game

The Wild blew a two-goal lead in the third period leading to a shootout defeat

Joel Erikkson Ek

Gritty Wild score twice late to stun the Jets in Winnipeg

Jason Zucker and Joel Erikkson Ek scored 26 seconds apart late in the game.

Wild rally for gutsy road win over Edmonton Oilers

Mikael Granlund scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period.

Eric Staal, Wild

Wild score season-high 8 goals to salvage road trip in Arizona

Eight different players scored goals and Devan Dubnyk returned in net.

Bruce Boudreau, Wild frustrated with goal-scoring issues

Minnesota lost again Thursday night, falling 2-1 to the Penguins.

Mikko Koivi, Kevin Fiala

Wild respond to Zucker trade with resounding win over Vegas

Kevin Fiala has five goals and five assists in his last five games.

Screen Shot 2019-12-03 at 8.32.54 PM

Wild extend points streak to 10 games behind Kahkonen's 44 saves

The rookie goalie allowed two first-period goals and then shut things down.