By: Kate Butler | KFAN.com
A 3-2 win over the Kings on Monday brought the Wild to Chicago for their fourth and final game of their road trip. The Wild weren’t able to deliver as well as they had in their last two games on the road, even after 65 minutes of play and a shootout. Chicago took the 1-0 shootout win and the overall 3-2 game win.
Kyle Brodziak told the media, “You’ve got to look at the whole game and we weren’t as sharp was we could’ve been or have been the last couple of games.”
Perhaps coming as a surprise, Minnesota and Chicago appeared to be fairly evenly matched coming into the opening period of tonight’s game. The Wild took the 1-0 lead with a shot from Spurgeon that was tipped in by Coyle at 14:19 of the first period. Minnesota outshot Chicago 9-5 this period.
The second period opened with the Wild having a one-goal lead, a lead that was quickly squashed by a wrist shot from Ben Smith after four rebounds were given up in front of the Minnesota net. Erik Haula and Jeremy Morin traveled to the box for roughing, at the same time as Dany Heatley was called for too many men on the ice. Minnesota was able to kill off the one-man advantage Chicago had for two minutes.
After a cheap blast to his head/neck from Bollig, Parise ended up being looked at for injuries. The Wild weren’t without Parise for long though, as he made an appearance later in the game.
The final period of regulation play began with both teams knotted at one goal each, but again, this didn’t last long. The result of a terrible giveaway by Jonas Brodin, Bryan Bickell was able to make it 2-1 early into the 3rd period. Over fifteen minutes later, Erik Haula answered for the Wild, with just 1:54 left to play, launching the game into OT.
Both teams came up short in the extra session, sending the game into another shootout.
Sharp shot first for Chicago and was shut down by Bryzgalov, while Parise was up first for Minnesota and Crawford was able to get a stick on it and make the save.
Hossa, who was up next, fired one just past the glove of Bryzgalov. Crawford made a sliding save to deny Koivu. Ben Smith shot just over the top of the goal, unable to secure the win for Chicago. Pominville ripped a shot on goal that was stopped by Crawford, giving Chicago the 3-2 win.
“We’ll take the point, but knowing that we have to be a little better.” Brodziak said of the game tonight.
Head Coach Mike Yeo echoed his sentiments, saying, “We to pick up our game at home…we’ll take the point and get refocused.”
The Wild will travel back home to St. Paul to host the Penguins on Saturday. The puck drops at 7 p.m. and you can catch all the action on KFAN 100.3 FM and iHeartRadio.com