ST. PAUL, Minn. — Future Hall of Famer Marc-Andre Fleury’s pursuit of childhood idol, Patrick Roy, for second all-time with 552 career regular-season victories continues after the Minnesota Wild coughed up a 3-1 third-period lead to the Philadelphia Flyers and lost 4-3 in overtime.

Flyers left winger Joel Farabee’s scored the winner with one second left on a four-on-three power play. The Wild snapped a 1-1 tie in the third period with two quick goals by Ryan Hartman and Matt Boldy, but in a span of 1:25 midway through the third period, Minnesota gave up goals to Tyson Foerster and Owen Tippett.

Marcus Johansson also scored for the Wild, who lost for the seventh time in eight games. Minnesota is 9-9-4 against the East.

Hartman moved from right wing to top line center with Boldy and Mats Zuccarello. Freddy Gaudreau moved from center to right wing next to Pat Maroon and Marco Rossi.

Matt Dumba played his first career game against the Wild on Saturday night during his first return to Minnesota since signing with the Arizona Coyotes last summer. The Wild are 3-6 against the Central Division, including five losses to the Dallas Stars, Winnipeg Jets and Colorado Avalanche – the three top teams in the division.

Minnesota’s legs could be an issue after turning what should have been an easy win into a hold-on-for-dear-life finish where the bench was shortened and four defensemen were used.

Wild tighten things up, then get way too loose

Decimated by injury, the Wild have struggled mightily recently because of their inability to score (12 goals in the previous seven games). But even worse has been their inability to defend. After allowing 28 goals during their 1-6 string after winning 11 of the previous 14, it was evident Minnesota focused on its own end.

During the first two periods, they defended pretty well and got pucks out cleanly for the most part, with stretch passes by often having two wingers deep in the neutral zone. Fleury didn’t face many Grade A’s. In fact, through two periods, Natural Stat Trick had the Wild giving up four high-danger chances.

But then Minnesota got greedy after taking a 3-1 lead. Instead of playing smart and safe, they got victimized by a bad pinch and then a frantic shift in their own end that derailed all the good they had done previously.

Bad change costs them tying goal

After a scoreless first period in which the Wild had some nice chances and were more engaged than they’ve been in recent games, Johansson gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead early in the second period. Cam York fumbled a puck at the offensive blue line and Joel Eriksson Ek pounced and passed left to Johansson for a quick counter. Johansson crossed into the offensive zone, cut to his right and used the defender as a screen to beat Carter Hart.

But the Wild have had a tendency lately to have some funky line changes. They quickly coughed up the tying goal on one of those. Moments after Minnesota gave up a three-on-one, Dakota Mermis went for a line change with Johansson after Johansson’s pass in the neutral zone intended for Gaudreau was off the mark.

Travis Konecny slipped a perfect pass through Jon Merrill’s legs right onto the tape of a driving Farabee for a 1-1 score.

Injury updates

Injured Kirill Kaprizov, Filip Gustavsson and Jonas Brodin all took part in their first morning skates with the team since being hurt. They progressed to the point of taking contact from the scratches and assistant coaches after the rest of their teammates filed off the ice Friday morning.

Coach John Hynes said how they respond will determine when they can return to the lineup. Reading the tea leaves, there’s a chance Kaprizov could return against the Coyotes. It sounded like Minnesota was aiming for a Monday return of Gustavsson against the New York Islanders, but there’s always a chance he makes a surprise start against Arizona rather than rookie Jesper Wallstedt receiving his home debut.

It’s believed Vinni Lettieri (broken foot) may start skating by Monday. Jared Spurgeon isn’t close to returning.

Three stars

1. Farabee, Flyers: Scored one goal in regulation and the winner 3:35 into overtime.
2. Hartman, Wild: Minnesota’s best forward all night, Hartman scored his sixth goal in the past 11 games and assisted on Boldy’s 14th goal in the past 22 games soon thereafter. He also had five shots.
3. Konecny, Flyers: Assisted on two goals to extend road point streak to 10 games.

(Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn / NHLI via Getty Images)

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