An emotional come-from-behind win against a high-flying division rival, followed by a game versus a struggling team who had lost seven of their last nine, ranks 30th in goals and 28th on the power play.
If it looks like a trap, sounds like a trap...
And yet, through two periods, the Wild owned the action. They outskated, outshot and outscored the Arizona Coyotes. They stayed out of the penalty box, and they scored a goal with the extra attacker against the top-rated penalty kill in the league. But the Wild’s modus operandi lately seems to be to fall apart in the third period, and last night was the worst example of that. No jump. No drive. Losing battles. Not generating shots (against a netminder facing some of the first NHL shots of his career). And the defense... well, the less said, the better.
In the immortal words of Admiral Akbar...
In the end, the Wild fall 4-3 after taking a 3-1 lead into the third period.
Minnesota’s next matchup comes Thursday on the road against a strong Columbus Blue Jackets squad that ranks in the top five in scoring. The defense had better find an answer quickly.
Let’s try to forget this one while we walk...
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