Wild perfect on special teams, but fall to Rangers
The Minnesota Wild scored on each of its power play opportunities and killed all of its man-short opportunities.
Despite the domination with the special teams, the Wild could not score even strength and fell to the New York Rangers 3-2 Tuesday at the Xcel Energy Center.
“Usually those are big things in the game,” Josh Harding said about the perfect special teams in a loss. “We got a little sloppy five-on-five.”
The Wild (31-35-10) erased a pair of one-goal deficits in the second period, but a bad bounce and breakdown in coverage led to the game-winning goal.
Marco Scandella defended a shot by Ryan McDonagh, but it hit his stick and bound to the front of the net.
The problem for the Wild is that Nate Prosser left Ruslan Fedotenko wide open with the entire net to shoot at.
“That’s what angers me,” Mike Yeo said about Fedotenko standing all alone in front of the net.
The Wild have struggled to play a complete game over the last couple months. When one thing is going right and another is going wrong.
“I thought some guys came out here hard,” Harding said. “I thought the effort was there, but same old story.”
The Wild got on the board three minutes and five seconds into the second period to tie the game at one with a power play goal by Kyle Brodziak. Good puck movement, despite a lack of feet movement, went from Scandella at the point to Cal Clutterbuck for a sharp-angle shot. Brodziak was there to knock the rebound past Henrik Lundqvist.
After the Rangers (48-21-7) reclaimed a one-goal lead, Mikko Koivu one-timed a pass from Dany Heatley into the open net behind Lundqvist for his 11th goal of the season. Devin Setoguchi also assisted on the goal.
With the loss, the Wild are tied for third fewest points in the league, but are just one point out of the second spot.
No. 3 – Kyle Brodziak. The Wild forward scored a goal.
No. 2 – Ryan McDonagh. The Rangers defenseman had two assists.
No. 1 – Ruslan Fedotenko. The Rangers forward scored the game-winning goal.
New York 1 1 1 – 3
Minnesota 0 2 0 – 2
First Period – 1, New York, Boyle 8 (Dubinsky, Stralman), 11:23. Penalties – Scandella, Min (holding), 9:03; Setoguchi, Min (boarding), 15:50; Bench, Min (too many men on the ice; served by Christensen), 19:09.
Second Period – 2, Minnesota, Brodziak 20 (Clutterbuck, Scandella), 3:05 (pp). 3, New York, Gaborik 38 (Richards, McDonagh), 7:58. 4, Minnesota, Koivu 11 (Heatley, Setoguchi), 11:52 (pp). Penalties – Boyle, NYR (delay of game-puck over glass), 2:09; Staal, NYR (interference), 11:14; Peters , Min (hooking), 15:35.
Third Period – 5, New York, Fedotenko 9 (McDonagh, Girardi), 13:37. Penalties – None.
Shots on goal – New York 13-9-10 32. Minnesota 6-13-7 26.
Goalies – New York, Lundqvist (24-26). Minnesota, Harding (29-32). A – 17,880. Referees – Gord Dwyer, Wes McCauley. Linesmen – Lonnie Cameron, Ryan Galloway.