The Minnesota Wild lost again. It's not my job to sugarcoat or make things seem like they are better than they really are. It's not my job to further the "brand of the Wild" or care about protecting the crest.
But I do care.
I care about this team and want it to succeed. But this team is making question myself as to why I continue to watch. It's making hate why I love the team so much.
Entering the game just three points out of a wildcard spot in the Western Conference, Minnesota needed to find a win to close out a horrid three game homestand. Those three standings points, with this team, feels like it might as well be 50 points.
Brad Marchand scored short-handed to open the scoring in the first period. The period was filled with penalties throughout and out of Minnesota's six shots on goal in the frame, one came at even strength.
Minnesota fought hard in the second period to tie the score. Thomas Vanek took advantage of a miscue of Bruins goaltender Joonas Gustavsson to tie the game at one. There was finally some positivity in the building.
However, as the Vanek goal was being announced, a 2-on-1 odd-man rush with Jason Zucker defending ended up in the back of the net. Davis Krejci banked the shot off a sliding Nino Niederreiter and into the net before Niederreiter's momentum pulled the net off its moorings. It took just 35 seconds for the Bruins to take the lead back.
The Wild have been reported as being mentally fragile. That sequence definitely broke the psyche of the team.
Loui Eriksson added another tally on a breakaway after Mikael Granlund was separated from the puck with a hit at the Bruins blue line. Eriksson extended the lead and did the Wild in for good.
With the empty net, Zdeno Chara scored. Then with 38 seconds left in the game, Mike Reilly scored his first NHL goal. It was a nice goal for a career first, but it'll get lost because it was in such a losing fashion, that it will only be remembered by him after today.
Reilly goal pic.twitter.com/FEmPYCC3hq— Stephanie (@myregularface) February 13, 2016
The Wild will now head out on the road for a trip through western Canada.