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Wild Lose 2-1 Via Shootout to Panthers

 
Wild Lose 2-1 Via Shootout to Panthers
Posted October 19th, 2013 @ 9:09pm

By: Kate Butler | KFAN.com
@KateMButler

After a rare, relaxing, day off, the Wild took the ice tonight in Florida against the Panthers. Minnesota seems to have had a reoccurring theme the last few games, that theme being their inability to consistently get the puck in the net. The story wasn’t much different tonight, after a shootout resulted in a 2-1 loss for Minnesota.

Head Coach Mike Yeo made the decision to juggle around a few of his lines, making his top line Pominville, Parise, and Koivu. "We have to find a way to generate a little more,” said Pominville before the game regarding the line changes.

While Minnesota outshot the Panthers 11-7 in the first period, it was a scoreless battle of back-and-forth penalty kills. Penalties and effectively killing penalties have been somewhat of an issue for the Wild in the last few games.

The Wild drew first blood at 4:05 into the second period when Jonas Brodin fired a wrist shot for a power play goal. Heatley and Granlund picked up the assists on the first goal. The Panthers were outshot again this period by the Wild, 13-8, but neither team could find the net after Brodin’s goal.

Aleks Barkov capitalized on Minnesota’s lack of penalty kill almost seven minutes into the third period with a tip-in power play goal. Barkov’s goal, from Fleischmann and Campbell, carried this game into overtime.

This was Minnesota’s third OT of the season, while it was just the first for Florida. The 4-on-4 OT only saw 4 shots, three of those shots coming from the Wild, and ended scoreless, forcing a shootout. This also marked the second shootout of the season for the Wild, the first of which they lost to the LA Kings.

Tim Thomas shut out Parise and Koivu in succession on the shootout.  Josh Harding wasn’t able to stop Jonathan Huberdeau or Brad Boyes, giving the Panthers the win for both the shootout and the game.

The Wild will be home for the better part of three weeks after tonight, starting on Tuesday with the Nashville Predators. The puck drops at 7 p.m. on iheartradio.com and KFAN 100.3 FM!

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