Wild's Haughtiness at Home Ends in 5-2 Loss

Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Yeo said his team seems like they have approached these last few home games with a bit of an arrogance. That arrogance proved to be a burden as the Wild failed to win two more vital points in the standings.

The Wild left the ice to a serenade of boos from the 19,014 in attendance as the Wild were drubbed by the Canucks 5-2 Tuesday night. Eddie Lack made 29 saves to help propel his team back in to the playoff hunt. The Wild power play, which was clicking at 26.3 percent in the prior four games went anemic again as they finished 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

The Wild started the first of their last ten games of the season tonight against the scratching and clawing Vancouver Canucks in St. Paul. With the Wild about to embark on a brutal part of their schedule, the Bruins, Blues, Kings, and Coyotes on the schedule and just a three-point lead on 8th place Phoenix, every point is extremely valuable. Darcy Kuemper wasn't tested very often, but a couple screened shots and a rare bad turnover from Jared Spurgeon, the Wild were unable to leave the friendly confines of the Xcel Energy Center in a good mood and two more points ahead of the Coyotes. The loss tonight made the final ten games a little more interesting as Vancouver is yet another team within striking distance of the final playoff spot.

The Wild failed to jump up on the scoreboard early even though Minnesota outshot Vancouver 9-6 in the first frame that included two power plays. Canucks goalie Eddie Lack made some big saves on Matt Moulson point-blank and Coyle with a nice deflection on the doorstep.  Minnesota had allowed just four shots on goal until David Booth came careening down the right side and took a wrist shot that went through Jon Blum's legs and under the arm of Keumper. Charlie Coyle, continuing on his scoring streak corralled a goofy bounce of the stanchion and unleashed a quick, but heavy, snap shot over the glove of Lack.

The second period started had the physical play upped as Nino Niederreiter makes a hard check on Alexandre Burrows that resulted in Niederreiter getting a phantom interference penalty. Whether the play should have or shouldn't have been a penalty can be up for debate, interference it was not. The Wild then went on its third power play as Zach Parise's hustle resulted in an interference penalty. This power play was a little more discombobulated and ended with the Canucks swarming the Minnesota zone in the final 30 seconds of the Wild man advantage. A whiff on a clearing attempt by Sprugeon ended up on Booth's stick and in the back of the Kuemper's net. Eight minutes later, Zack Kassian scored right off a faceoff that Kuemper was screened on.  The second period ended with Wild fans hoping for a comeback.

The third period opened with Ilya Bryzgalov taking control of the net in relief of Kuemper, who has been struggling to find the good form he had in January. Daniel Sedin would tip home a point shot from Dan Hamuis for his first goal in 23 games and the rout was on. After Kyle Brodziak took a bad penalty, Ryan Kesler would score on the ensuing power play in which the net was wide open after Bryzgalov was scrambling to make a save. Boo-birds were heard throughout the X until Niederreiter ripped home an Erik Haula centering pass to cut the Vancouver lead to three. That would be as close as they'd get for the rest of the game as the Wild failed to stave off the fan freak-out for another night.

Mike Yeo Post-Game Press Conference

"Weird game. That's for sure."

"Even though we were out-shooting  them, it just didn't feel right."

"Every power play is a game changer or has an opportunity to be a game changer."

"I can't say that we can't be better between the pipes, but we were giving up some real quality chances."

"He's got the ability and this is probably the biggest challenge that he's faced."

"It would be hard to go in to a game in St. Louis without that urgency level."

On not having intensity at home: "There's no question that we've approached the game with a bit of an arrogance. I think we come into these games believing in the outcome, and part of that's good, but you better understand what it takes to make that happen."

Stats

Category

Minnesota

Vancouver

Shots on Goal

31

19

Power Plays

0-4

1-2

Hits

16

15

Faceoff Wins

27

27

Blocked Shots

10

18

Penalty Minutes

9

13

Save %

.684

.935

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