All Things 2023-24 Minnesota Wild In-Season Thread

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Today, the Minnesota Vikings were tied with the Bengals at the end of regulation. Then lost in overtime.

Today the Minnesota Wild were tied 1-1 with Vancouver at the end of regulation. Then again after the 5 minute overtime. Then the Wild won the shootout and the extra point.

 

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Filip Gustavsson makes 35 saves, Wild play to another shootout beating Canucks 2-1

It took another overtime session and another shootout, but the Wild are 8-2 under John Hynes after Saturday afternoon's victory.

A goaltending duel involving Filip Gustavsson?

Advantage: Wild.

Gustavsson's 35 saves and airtight showing in the shootout backstopped the Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Canucks on Saturday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center that extended his and the team's win streak to three games.

Mats Zuccarello capitalized in the shootout, the Wild's second straight extra-time performance. They upended Calgary 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday.

Vancouver's Casey DeSmith, who was sharp for the Canucks, made 30 stops in his first career loss vs. the Wild; DeSmith came into the matchup a perfect 5-0, and one of those wins was just last week in Vancouver when the Canucks blanked the Wild 2-0..

 


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The third defensive pair of Goligoski and Merril might as well be mannequins on the ice. Heck mannequins might be better as they won’t turn the puck over as often.
 

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PITTSBURGH — The Penguins kept scoring against Wild goaltender Filip Gustavsson, but the crowd still encouraged the Wild to make a change in net.

They wanted to watch Marc-Andre Fleury.

In what could end up as his last game in Pittsburgh where he built his Hall of Fame career by winning three Stanley Cups, Fleury was on the bench as the Wild's backup.

But he was still the main attraction. Fans shouted "We want Fleury" throughout the Penguins' 4-3 victory on Monday night at PPG Paints Arena, the soundtrack to the Wild's first loss in four games.

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and assist, with Crosby scoring the tiebreaker at 6 minutes, 20 seconds of the third period and only 47 seconds after the Wild erased a 3-0 deficit.

An earlier assist moved Crosby into sole possession of 13th on the NHL's career scoring list (1,535), and goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves.

But the player the crowd clamored for most was a spectator just like them..

Asked if he was disappointed not to be facing his former team, Fleury said, "A little bit, but that's OK. I get to play [Tuesday]. Team's been good. Team's been winning lately. Gus has been awesome. Just gotta keep it rolling."..

Instead, the Wild hit the brakes after sputtering early before their rally faded while missing defensemen Jonas Brodin (upper-body injury) and Jared Spurgeon (lower body) and winger Mats Zuccarello (upper body)..


 


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That game stunk. We desperately need Kaprizov to start scoring some goals. Sure could use Calen Addison right about now. What did we get for him???
 

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That game stunk. We desperately need Kaprizov to start scoring some goals. Sure could use Calen Addison right about now. What did we get for him???

And tonight the Wild are out in Boston to play the Eastern Conference Co-Leading Bruins.
 

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That game stunk. We desperately need Kaprizov to start scoring some goals. Sure could use Calen Addison right about now. What did we get for him???
Yes a Kaprizov sighting would be nice. 6 games and counting without a goal
 




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Yes a Kaprizov sighting would be nice. 6 games and counting without a goal
On cue, Kirill!! Thrilling regular season hockey game. Fleury played out of his mind. One of his best games for the Wild. The 3rd period was riveting hockey. Kaprizov scores two, including the OT winner. He was interviewed after the game and looked pretty happy. Me too…..

Excited for the game Thursday night - I’ll be there!!!!
 

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Wild rally, beat Bruins 4-3 in overtime

The Wild scored two goals in the third period, and Marc-Andre Fleury, in his 997th career game, stopped 40 shots for the 549th win of his career.

BOSTON — The Wild's circumstances almost caught up to them.

They'd won recently despite missing a third of their defense, and the best third, to boot. And their failed comeback on Monday at Pittsburgh was more indicative of the Wild's parade to the penalty box rather than playing without their leading scorer.

Those absences only became magnified against a Stanley Cup contender like the Bruins, but the adversity didn't prevent the Wild from mustering a gusty 4-3 overtime win on Tuesday at TD Garden that sent the team home from its two-game trip with a hard-fought split.

Kirill Kaprizov's second goal of the game on a 3-on-1 rush broke a 3-3 tie with 2 minutes, 6 seconds remaining in overtime after Boston's Brad Marchand scored the equalizer on the power play with 1:06 to go in the third period.

Earlier in the third, Kaprizov and Ryan Hartman capitalized 1:58 apart to negate a pair of goals from David Pastrnak, the latter in the last minute of the first period.

Marc-Andre Fleury, in his 997th career game, stopped 40 shots for his fifth win of the season and 549th of his career to move three shy of passing Patrick Roy for the second-most victories all-time..

 

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On cue, Kirill!! Thrilling regular season hockey game. Fleury played out of his mind. One of his best games for the Wild. The 3rd period was riveting hockey. Kaprizov scores two, including the OT winner. He was interviewed after the game and looked pretty happy. Me too…..

Excited for the game Thursday night - I’ll be there!!!!
Hopefully this a sign for Kaprizov to get him back to how we know he can take over games like he has in the past. That was one hell of a game to watch. Bring on the Habs tonight
 

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Kirill Kaprizov’s second OT winner in as many games lifts Wild past Montreal

Kaprizov and Marco Rossi each had a goal and assist as Minnesota won for the fourth time in five games


With Ryan Hartman newly unavailable after scoring two big goals as the Wild split tough road games Monday and Tuesday, head coach John Hynes opted to play 11 forwards and seven defensemen against the Canadiens.

Then Minnesota lost another forward for 17 minutes when Marco Rossi started a fight with Kaiden Guhle midway through the second period.

But the Wild are proving difficult to sink.

Rossi finished with a goal and two assists for his first career three-point game, and Kirill Kaprizov potted his second overtime winner in as many games with 4.9 seconds left as the Wild beat Montreal, 4-3, at Xcel Energy Center.

Filip Gustavsson stopped 22 shots, and Kaprizov added two assists as the Wild won for the fourth time in five games and improved to 9-3-0 since Hynes became the team’s head coach on Nov. 27.

Considering the Wild have been without top defensemen Jonas Brodin since Dec. 10, and Jared Spurgeon since Dec, 14, the Wild had their work cut out for them when the puck dropped, but they weathered their personnel issues, as well as a series of untimely penalties..


 




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Hopefully this a sign for Kaprizov to get him back to how we know he can take over games like he has in the past. That was one hell of a game to watch. Bring on the Habs tonight
Back to back overtime winners. The mojo is back
 

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That was an insanely good pass by Johansson.
He played a great game. All of our top players played extremely well. 14, 97, 23, 12, 7. It was another very entertaining game.
 


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Stop taking so many bleeping penalties, especially lazy penalties like holding the stick in the offensive zone.
 

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Talk about a tale of 2 periods. First period was tight close checking with few scoring chances. Second period is run and gun. The Thrill with another goal. 2-1 lead with the third period coming up
 

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Wild (15-13-4) Beat Boston (19-7-6) 3-2 in St.Paul

The Wild got 35 shots. Ek got his 15th goal , Kaprizov his 12th and Foligno his 4th. While Fleury faced 21 shots and saved all but 2 of them.

 

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Wild top Bruins again 3-2, hand Boston fourth straight loss


Kirill Kaprizov scored his fourth goal of the week, Marcus Foligno notched his first game-winner and the Wild swept the Bruins for the second time in three seasons.

The Wild were finishing up four games in six nights and coming off not one but two emotional overtime wins with a much-needed break on deck.

But they still had enough gusto to hold off the Bruins 3-2 on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center and sweep Boston for the second time in three seasons.

Kirill Kaprizov scored his fourth goal of the week, Marcus Foligno notched his first game-winner and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 19 shots during his 550th win in his 998th career game to move two victories away from passing Patrick Roy for second place in NHL history.

After Foligno's redirect at 3 minutes, 10 seconds of the third period, the Bruins answered back with 6:07 to go when Morgan Geekie buried a behind-the-net feed, but time ran out before they could complete their rally.

Overall, the Wild go into the three-day holiday hiatus on a three-game win streak, 6-1 surge in their last seven and 10-3 tear through the past 13..

 

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7 in a row at home after dismantling the Wings 6-3. Johansson with 2 and doubles his goal total of the year
 

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Kirill Kaprizov scores in 4th straight game as Wild beat the Red Wings 6-3


ST. PAUL, Minn. -- — Ryan Hartman and Marcus Foligno scored 52 seconds apart in the third period to break a tie and the Minnesota Wild scored four times in the final frame in a 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Kirill Kaprizov extended his goal-scoring streak to four games, Marcus Johanssonscored twice, and Matt Boldy added a goal for Minnesota, which has won four in a row and seven of eight. The Wild are 11-3-0 since John Hynes took over behind the bench — including seven straight home wins — after an uninspiring 4-1 loss in Detroit Nov. 26 extended a losing streak to seven games and resulted in the firing of Dean Evason.

“We’ve regrouped. It shows a lot of character in our group and how we were able to be resilient,” Hartman said.

Filip Gustavsson made 25 saves and improved to 8-2 in his last 10 starts.

“We can do a lot. We’re trending in the right direction. And it’s fun hockey to play right now,” Johansson said..


 

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16 games in the next 29 days. In one month, we should know where this team stands. 9-3 in the last 12 is great. But this stretch is critical. We need Spurgeon and Brodin back!
 

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At this point the Wild should just change their homes uniforms to their special uniforms they wear then so often.
 

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At this point the Wild should just change their homes uniforms to their special uniforms they wear then so often.
While they are at it, they should change the name back to North Stars and be done with it.

They desperately need a regulation win here. One period to go. Next goal is crucial.
 

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Jets score twice in third to beat Wild 3-2, spoil Fleury's 1,000th game


ST. PAUL, Minn. -- — Dominic Toninato scored the tie-breaking goal in the third period and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Sunday, sweeping a weekend home-and-home series.

Adam Lowry and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for Winnipeg.

Laurent Brossoit stopped 24 shots for the Jets, who are 6-0-2 in their last eight games.

Marcus Foligno and Frederick Gaudreau scored for Minnesota, which lost for just the third time in its last 10 games.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who was playing in his 1,000th NHL game, made 26 saves for the Wild..
 

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Jets score twice in third to beat Wild 3-2, spoil Fleury's 1,000th game


ST. PAUL, Minn. -- — Dominic Toninato scored the tie-breaking goal in the third period and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Sunday, sweeping a weekend home-and-home series.

Adam Lowry and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for Winnipeg.

Laurent Brossoit stopped 24 shots for the Jets, who are 6-0-2 in their last eight games.

Marcus Foligno and Frederick Gaudreau scored for Minnesota, which lost for just the third time in its last 10 games.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who was playing in his 1,000th NHL game, made 26 saves for the Wild..
Game winner was batted out of the air over Fleury during a 6 on 5 advantage for Winnipeg due to a delayed penalty call on Hartman. Hartman also had a goal erased early in the game when Winnipeg successfully challenged offsides on the play. Careless zone entry by Hartman as he slid the puck along the blue line, instead of directly across, negating a wicked wrister over the Jets goaltender. Very obviously the correct call though.

Rats. Those two losses sting.
 






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