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The Minnesota Wild with another loss today. They were down 4-0 and scored two late goals to make the score closer than it really was. The Wild are now 2-8-0 in their last 10 games.
Bruce Boudreau after the game...
The Wild went down 4-0 to the Jets today, then the Minnesota scored 4 in the second period to tie the score.
Winnipeg scored the only goal in the 3rd period to win 5-4.
Boudreau after the Wild lost their 5th game in a row.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Even by Minnesota standards, the Wild is in the midst of one epic free-fall.
For nearly three months, the Wild could do no wrong, playing consistent hockey, never even losing two games in a row.
But while the Chicago Blackhawks have taken their game to a new level, so has the Wild — only in stumbling, bumbling fashion while seeing its once nine-point lead in the Western Conference and Central Division on Feb. 18 turn into a five-point deficit on March 18.
The Wild's March Freeze continued Saturday night when the New York Rangers, the best road team in the NHL yet playing for the second time in 24 hours, still beat the Wild 3-2 in front of 19,337 fans — the season's largest announced crowd at Xcel Energy Center.
The loss was the Wild's seventh in nine games and, for the first time this season, fourth in a row.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Devan Dubnyk saw the bench so quickly during Sunday’s nationally televised game against the Chicago Blackhawks, he probably didn’t need to shower before the Wild’s flight to Washington.
For the first time this season, the No. 1 goalie got an early exit from a hockey game after allowing goals on Chicago’s first two shots before an eventual 4-2 loss in the final regular-season meeting against the nemesis Blackhawks at United Center.
“You follow a goalie for 68 games, you sort of know his traits and his trends,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He didn’t look like he was following the puck well. … I just thought he didn’t have it tonight.”...
Other than two planned pulls in the final game of the regular season before the playoffs, this was the third time in Dubnyk’s 157-start Wild career that he was yanked.
“I always want to stay in and want to battle,” Dubnyk said. “That’s completely up to him to decide what he wants to do. If he didn’t think I was ready or he wants a spark, he’s the coach and my job is to be ready to stay in there and battle if I need to.”
more on the game...
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild announced today that forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville have been diagnosed with mumps.
Members of the organization that have symptoms are being tested immediately and placed in isolation for a five-day period. Team doctors recently provided players and staff an MMR vaccination and the organization will continue to work closely with the NHL, NHLPA and the Minnesota Department of Health to help prevent further infection.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired forward Teemu Pulkkinen from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for future considerations.
The 25-year-old Pulkkinen has registered 1-0-1 with two penalty minutes (PIM) in nine games with the Wild this season. He has also collected 18-18-36 and 36 PIM in 47 games with the Iowa Wild (AHL) in 2016-17. Pulkkinen was selected to participate in the 2017 AHL All-Star Game.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound native of Vantaa, Finland has totalled 12-9-21, a plus-six rating and 28 PIM in 79 career NHL games with the Wild and Detroit Red Wings.
Pulkkinen was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the fourth round (111th overall) in the 2010 Entry Draft.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,
The State of Hockey has never won the Stanley Cup.
The Minnesota North Stars made the Final twice in their 26 seasons in the Twin Cities, in 1981 and 1991, but lost. The Minnesota Wild made it as far as the Western Conference Final once in their first 15 seasons, in 2003.
But the Wild rank first in the West and second in the NHL standings this season, and general manager Chuck Fletcher made it clear they were going for it when he acquired forwards Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.
When you have a chance to make a run, you don't let it go by.
"There's not going to be a called third strike here," Fletcher said. "We're taking a swing. Our players deserve that, our fans deserve that and we'll just see where it goes."
added 10:02pm, Arizona release is below...
from Pat Borzi of the New York Times,
Four seasons of middling regular-season finishes and early playoff exits led Minnesota to hire Boudreau, 62, an offensive savant and one of the N.H.L.’s ultimate fixers, last May. His impact was immediate. Though historically light on natural goal-scorers, the Western Conference-leading Wild entered Wednesday tied for second in the N.H.L. with 198 goals and remain on track for their most successful season since entering the N.H.L. in the 2000-1 expansion. They began their five-day bye with more wins (39) than they had all last season (38).
Yet Boudreau, who won more than 400 games and eight division titles in nine seasons as the coach of Washington and Anaheim, stammered when asked if Hitchcock was right about experience. That’s unusual for the garrulous Boudreau, whose nickname, Gabby, is part of the title of his autobiography.
“I don’t know if I’m smart enough to know all those things,” Boudreau said recently while standing in a hallway at the Xcel Energy Center, dressed in faded jeans and a green Wild golf shirt.
He added: “I know what works for me. There’s not a formula. It’s just the way you think, and what you think would fix it. That’s just feel for the game, but experience is what makes you think that.”
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