It was another five goal loss.
Minnesota came out wit h some energy early and couldn't score. Penguins finally got some sustained pressure and they scored easily. Then Pittsburgh did more scori---Does this sound familiar?
I bet it does.
This has been the same formula for Wild games, and mostly the losses, that has played out like a bad version of the movie Groundhog Day.
There just is no margin for error with the goaltending. They can't catch one break and it completely deflates the team. It's a serious case of "Here we go again" -itis. When there is no confidence in the goaltending, the team starts wondering if playing is futile.
Marcel Goc scored for Pittsburgh. Then David Perron. Jonas Brodin cut the lead in half with his second goal of the season. However that was as close as the Wild would ever get in the game.
Chris Kunitz just need a total of five seconds to score on the power play. The Wild were able to escape the first 40 minutes trailing by two.
But there was still another 20 minutes to play. Brandon Sutter beat Backstrom over the right shoulder from the right faceoff dot. Paul Martin crashed the net and got the puck to go in off Nate Prosser. Kris Letang beat both Ryan Suter and Backstrom for the Penguins' sixth goal.
But hey, Justin Fontaine got the second Wild goal. It was just his fourth of the season.
But the Penguins would get make the extra point when Perron got his second of the game on John Curry. Curry came in after Backstrom gave up his sixth goal, which was, you know, great timing when the game was already way out of reach.
Ryan Suter logged 29:55 of ice time which really boggles my mind when the game was lost after Kunitz scored.
There are many adjectives Wild fans can call this game, but most are just plain inappropriate.
Wild lost 7-2 and any sign of salvaging this season might as well be written in cuneiform. If anyone needs help, it's us Wild fans.