The Wild dropped a tough game 4-1 in Boston in front of +17 thousand drunk and ravenous St. Patrick's Day celebrating fans. With Jason Pominville scoring the lone goal for Minnesota and Jarome Iginla would score two goals for the Bruins as Tuukka Rask would prove to be too tough for the Wild's Finns.
The first period opened with a Matt Moulson chance right off the faceoff, but Tuukka Rask would prove to be like he would be all game - difficult. The Wild came out playing really well, outshooting the Bruins 10-8 in the period. Mike Yeo called out the 2nd line of Moulson-Koivu-Coyle after last game and they came in to tonight's game with something to prove. They created some of the best chances for the Wild in the first period. The period would end in a scoreless tie, but a period in which Minnesota seemed to out-play the Bruins.
Mikko Koivu would have some Grade A chances in the second period, but Boston would capitalize on their opportunities. Wild-killer Jarome Iginla, would break the scoreless tie first with a shot that fluttered off of Jonas Brodin's stick. Kuemper was fooled by the change-up and let it slide in between the wickets. Then, after a terrible turnover at the defensive blue line by Kyle Brodziak, Loui Eriksson would slam home a shot to put the Bruins up 2-0. Just when Wild fans thought that all hope was lost because of the way Rask was playing, Jason Pominville would scream in one-on-one and unleash a Howitzer, breaking his stick in the process, and find a way through Rask in to the net to cut the lead in half.
The third period opened with as much fervor as the other periods did with the Wild looking for the equalizer. Instead, the Bruin would get a goal from Reilly Smith to extend their lead back to two. Minnesota struggled to find that next goal to allow them to climb back into this game. Mikael (pronounced MEE-Kyle, for those in the national media) Granlund showed some nice moves with a few toe drags and some nice passing plays to his linemates. We even saw him shoot a bunch, but couldn't get past his fellow Olympic bronze medalist. With 2:17 left, Kuemper would be pulled in favor of the extra man and who else but none other than Jarome Iginla would seal the deal in this one and the Wild fall in Boston on St. Patrick's Day.
The Wild have now dropped 5 of their last 6 (1-2-3) games since the trade deadline. Let the March fan meltdown commence.
Shots 34 29
PP 0-1 0-0
FO% 50% 50%