By: Kate Butler | KFAN.com
Recovering from a 4-3 shootout loss against Edmonton on Tuesday, the Wild took their home ice again tonight to host the New York Rangers. Breaking out of their three-game losing streak, Minnesota was able to pull off a 2-1 victory tonight in front of 18,885 fans.
“We got back to basics and did a good job tonight,” Darcy Kuemper said of his team after the game.
While they didn’t look like an entirely different team from Tuesday night, the Wild seemed to have made a few improvements to their game. Nino Niederreiter cashed in on his 12th goal of the season to give his team a 1-0 lead late in the opening period. Minnesota outshot New York 9-7 this period.
Derek Stepan answered for the Rangers on the power play at 3:19 into the second period. The Wild went 0-2 on power plays through the first two periods, which was reminiscent of Tuesday night’s game. Minnesota outshot the Rangers again 9-7 this period, but could not score and headed into the third period with both teams knotted at one goal each.
The Wild took the lead again at 1:03 into the final period of play, when Parise, with the help of Granlund and Pominville, crashed the net for his 23rd goal of the season. New York played roughly the final minute and a half without Talbot between the pipes. Even with the extra man, the Rangers weren’t able to sabotage the one-goal lead that the Wild desperately clung to.
“Tonight we knew we had to bounce back and this was a big win for us. …We have to take it step by step and not look too far ahead.” Nino Niederreiter told Tom Reid after the game.
The Wild will host the Columbus Blue Jackets this Saturday in St. Paul. The puck drops at 7 p.m. and you can catch all the action on KFAN 100.3 FM and on iHeartRadio.com.