The Minnesota Wild went into their tilt with the Vancouver Canucks on a three-game losing streak and looking genuinely frustrated.
Beginning a three-game stretch in Western Canada, the Minnesota Wild knew they needed to get it rolling with a good start, but actually found themselves behind in this game early on.
However, this didn’t feel like recent nights, where there was no puck luck for the Wild. Whether it was the ineptness of the Vancouver outfit or the Minnesota Wild were actually stepping their game up is anyone’s guess though.
Whatever happened though, the Wild managed to respond to going a goal down, notching a reply on the power-play.
The second period once again saw a slow start from the home team, but again once they started shooting, they managed to score. The tell-tale signs of not focusing on the defense enough and not giving Devan Dubnyk the protection he needed were there, though maybe not as much as recently.
Insistent that they weren’t going to succumb to a fourth defeat in as many games, the Minnesota Wild fought their way back into the contest, drawing two penalties in succession and netting on both the corresponding power-plays, just 55 seconds apart.
A third period that required the team to simply hang on and not surrender any late goals like they had a few days’ earlier against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the losing streak was over. Here are the three key takeaways from the Minnesota Wild’s 3-2 win: