BY: Kate Butler | KFAN.com
A cake-walk 4-0 win over the Penguins at home on Saturday lead the Wild into their final regular season road game, hosted by the Winnipeg Jets. Despite being outshot 24-17, the Wild were able to take home the 1-0 win tonight, and now have a record of 41-26-12.
Charlie Coyle had this to say of tonight’s win, “Kind of a weird game, not much offensive playing in their end it felt like. We played well defensively, we played tight. We got the win and we’ll take it.”
After one scoreless period of play, the game seemed to be slanted towards the Jets, who came out with nothing to play for other than themselves, as they are not in the playoffs. The Wild got outshot 7-6 this period and seemed to be lacking their legs at some points. Parise picked up a penalty for tripping, which Mark Stuart got back-to-back penalties, one for elbowing, and then for interference which would last into the next period.
The second period opened with both teams tied at zero, but that wouldn’t last long. Early on, Coyle was able to find the back of the net, giving Minnesota a 1-0 lead at 1:05 into the period. Pairse found himself back in the box for tripping this period, Niederreiter served a penalty for too many men on the ice, and Eric Tangradi sat two minutes for the Jets for hooking. Minnesota won the shot-count this period 7-5.
“I think that there has been sort of a better focus and purpose going out on the ice.” Head Coach Mike Yeo said of his team tonight.
The Wild hung on to that one-goal lead through another twenty minutes to clinch the victory on the road tonight, despite being outshot 12-4 in the final period of regulation play. Ilya Bryzgalov celebrated back-to-back win tonight, while Charlie Coyle netted his 4th career game winner.
“Tomorrow we’ll have another test and we’ll be ready for it.” Charlie Coyle said of the Wild’s upcoming game against Boston. The Wild will return home to host the Bruins in St. Paul tomorrow night, the puck drops at 7p.m. and you can catch all the action on KFAN 100.3 FM and on iHeartRadio.com