Minnesota, which did get a decent lead in the puck possession department, started to fall back into some bad habits. Zach Parise was asked by NBCSN's Pierre McGuire about what he thought was contributing to the Wild skid, "I think it's our breakouts. It really keeps us from playing in the offensive zone when you can't get out of your own end." The Wild did have a couple shifts where it was on its heels because of bad zone exits. But the Wild would soon get the benefit of three straight power plays to get offensive zone time. Minnesota was unable to score on those chances, mainly because the Chicago PK is really good, and partially because the Wild are predictable and stagnant.
It was the first game in over a week in which the Wild returned to its identity by playing a solid defensive game, and was patient in its own process to get the win.
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