Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/20/13 at 09:25 AM ET
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
“Two 5-on-3s, you don’t score, you don’t deserve to win the game,” said a bristling Parise, who didn’t score on 21 shots on the road trip – including eight Saturday.
Jonathan Huberdeau and Brad Boyes scored in the shootout, while Parise and Koivu were stuffed by Tim Thomas as the Wild fell to 3-3-3 (nine out of a possible 18 points).
Coach Mike Yeo, who in search of offense mixed up his top three lines, told his team after the game, “We’re not a .500 team. We’re not built to be .500. We’re a better team than that. … I mean scoring chances on the season, we’re close to 2-to-1. So we could sit here and argue we deserve to be better, but the bottom line is we’re not.”
The Wild can’t ask more from Josh Harding, who made 21 saves. He leads the NHL with a 1.11 goals against average and has given up seven goals in seven appearances. Yet he’s only 3-2-1. The Wild has allowed a league-low five 5-on-5 goals (one by Harding) and league-low 21.8 shots per game.
“We’ve got to score more,” Suter said matter-of-factly. “Everyone has to contribute offensively. Everyone has to pick it up. Defense, offensive guys, everyone. When the goalie holds it to one goal against, you’ve got to get those wins for him. It’s a damn shame.”
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