The Minnesota Wild (25-10-3) ERUPTED for a franchise record-tying eight goals Monday evening as they made a statement in St. Paul against a Montreal Canadiens team (8-26-7) that continues to struggle.
Wild fans, it’s safe to say that for this red-hot Minnesota team, last night was a party worth celebrating! The Wild are 6-0-1 over the seven games since a loss to the St. Louis Blues in the Winter Classic at Target Field.
It seems that Monday night brought everything this Minnesota team could’ve hoped for — and some — as the Wild outshot Montreal 39-21 and absolutely embarrassed the team from eastern Canada.
While Montreal came out swinging 1-0 in the first period trying to knock the Wild off their game early, the hometown team retaliated with not one, not two —but FIVE —unanswered goals.
Ladies and gents, I’ve said this before and I’ll say this again: this Minnesota Wild team is the real deal.
Seriously, can you think of a Minnesota team the past 10 or so years that has brought this much excitement?! I certainly can’t. The amount of heart that is being shown night after night, on and off the ice is truly a sight to see.
Eight, I repeat — EIGHT — different Wild players scored as 23 points were disbursed amongst the team as the State of Hockey sent the NHL a message that they’re not screwing around.
Now, while it’s worrisome to think that top netminder Cam Talbot returned only for a short while before reaggravating his previous lower-body injury, Kaapo Kahkonen continued to stay hot and lead between the pipes.
With Kirill Kaprizov hitting 100 career points, Matt Boldy continuing his hot rookie stretch, Kevin “Fifi” Fiala rising to the occasion yet again, and Connor Dewar notching his first career NHL goal, the Minnesota Wild put on a show.
Minnesota displayed its depth, its leadership, and showed its strength yet again as we closed out a night fans certainly will not forget.