The Wild played like it really wanted to head home on a good note.
BWAHAHAHAHA! I couldn't even keep a straight face writing that.
No, the Wild turned in its worse loss of the season. Worse than the game against Boston that cost Mike Yeo his job. After getting the first chance in the New Jersey end with a shot that deflected wide, Devante Smith-Pelly scored just 43 second in. Then, as the PA announcer was announcing the Smith-Pelly goal, Mike Sislo, who hails from Superior, Wisconsin, scored his first career goal. Just 1:34 into the game and the Wild was in a 2-0 hole.
Minnesota answered on a power play to cut the 2 goal lead in half. Nino Niederreiter got a piece of a Mikael Granlund shot as the puck trickled in past Keith Kincaid. But the Devils answered back when Reid Boucher got the benefit of a puck passed to him around Devan Dubnyk. That would be the end of Dubnyk's night as he headed straight to the dressing room and rage-quit the game.
The Devils had three goals on eight shots, while Minnesota only had nine shots for the one goal. Dubnyk played all of 17:04 in the game.
It looked like the Wild rolled over for the second period as the Devils had all the jump again. Smith-Pelly scored again, his second of the game. The Wild power play cashed in again when Jared Spurgeon pinched way in down to the left circle to create the numbers mismatch down low. Spurgeon took a one-timer into the open goal to make the score 4-2. But as was the trend each time the Wild scored, the Devils had an answer. Adam Henrique scored, then Mike Sislo scored his second of the night. The floodgate were officially open. The Army Corps of Engineers, told me so.
Justin Fontaine scored, but Adam Henrique's second goal of the night made it 7-3. The Wild was really a hot mess on the ice all night long. Mikko Koivu scored to make it 7-4. Eleven goals were scored between these two teams and I doubt anyone would've guessed that.
Minnesota fails to gain a point and remain one point behind the Colorado Avalanche in the standings.