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Ryan Donato plays overtime hero in his first home game as a member of the Wild.

Donato plays the hero.

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Well that is certainly one way to win over the fans after being traded to a brand new team.

The Minnesota Wild made a trade last week when they acquired Boston Bruins forward Ryan Donato alongside a fifth round draft pick in exchange for long time Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle. The move was obviously designed to bolster the Bruins in their playoff run but after a short sample size of 3 games it is looking like a rather solid trad for the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Wild general manager Paul Fenton.

Donato has been on fire since joining the Wild recording 1 goal and 3 assists for a total of 4 points in his first 3 games, including a very strong and very clutch showing on Sunday night. Donato's first goal as a member of the Minnesota Wild could not have come at a more opportune time both from a team perspective as well as from a fandom perspective.

The Wild were all tied up a one goal a piece with the St. Louis Blues after 60 hard fought minutes of play on Sunday night and overtime was required to determine a winner. It was then that Donato truly decided to win over ever single Wild fan at the Xcel Energy Center that night by burying the overtime winner and playing the home town hero in his very first home game as a member of the Minnesota Wild franchise. 

No doubt the young man who felt the Bruins organization gave up on him feels pretty good about this one tonight.