By: Kate Butler | KFAN.com
The Wild returned to Minnesota for one night tonight to host the Vancouver Canucks. Minnesota just couldn’t keep the momentum going from the 4-3 win in Detroit on Sunday, falling 5-2 in an ugly loss at the Xcel Center tonight.
Kuemper was back in the cage for the Wild tonight for the first two periods, but Bryzgalov relieved him to start the third period.
“Tonight was a different one, but other games, watching the tapes, things are good. I’m feeling good about my game, just got to get in there and get some wins going.” Darcy said of his play in a post-game interview.
Jason Garrison gave the Wild an early power play in the opening period with a delay of game penalty, while Cody McCormick and Tom Sestito both took a five minute trip to the box for fighting at 7:34. David Booth came in with an unassisted wrist shot at 15:39 to draw first blood for the Canucks. The Wild answered just shy of two minutes later, when Coyle ripped a snap shot past Lack to tie the game.
The second period opened with both teams knotted at one goal each. A turnover from Spurgeon that came on a whiffed pass lead to another unassisted goal from Booth, giving the Canucks 2-1 lead, just moments after a Wild power play ended. Rounding out the period with 57 seconds left to play, Kassian fired on past Kuemper right off the face off. Minnesota outshot Vancouver 15-6 this period but looked noticeably slow throughout the game.
“This one game was not good, but it hasn’t been this way.” Head Coach Mike Yeo said of his team’s power play efforts tonight.
Bryzgalov stepped between the pipes to start the final period of the game, but didn’t fair much better than Kuemper. At 11:12 Daniel Sedin made it a 4-1 game with a tip-in right past Bryzgalov. Less than one minute later, a power play goal from Kessler left Minnesota trailing by four goals. Nino Niederreiter answered 24-seconds later in an effort to bridge the gap, making this a 5-2 game. Unfortunately, it was too little too late, and the Wild look a 5-2 loss at home tonight.
Mikko Koivu had this to say after the game, “I think they capitalized on their chances pretty good, we just couldn’t put the puck in the net. That’s the difference tonight, I think. It’s tough to find a reason right now as to why we couldn’t score…The only way to get back is to play a good game tomorrow night.”
Mike Yeo stressed to the media, “Every game is a new game.”
The Wild will begin a 4-game road trip tomorrow in St. Louis, the puck drops at 7 p.m. and you can catch all the action on KFAN 100.3 FM and iHeartRadio.com!