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MTL@MIN: Postgame

The Canadiens came up just short against the Wild on Sunday, falling 4-3 at the Xcel Energy Center

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

SAINT PAUL - The Canadiens closed out their two-game road trip with a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

Following a solid performance by goaltender Carey Price in St. Louis, it was Keith Kinkaid's turn in between the pipes.

The 30-year-old Farmingville, NY native arrived at the Xcel Energy Center looking sharp and ready for duty.

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So were the rest of the boys…

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Unfortunately, it was the Wild that struck first just under nine minutes into the first period with a power play marker.

Jason Zucker re-directed a pass from captain Mikko Koivu past Kinkaid to put Minnesota up 1-0.

The Canadiens were outshot 19-7 through 20 minutes of play.

And Kinkaid was brilliant all period long when called upon.

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Claude Julien's squad shook off a rough start, though, and got right down to business in the middle frame.

Tomas Tatar netted the equalizer just 2:50 into the period while the Canadiens were up a man.

Video: MTL@MIN: Tatar cleans up rebound for PPG

It marked the fourth straight game that the Habs lit the lamp on the power play.

With an assist on the Tatar tally, Max Domi extended his point streak to six straight games.

Sixteen seconds later, Phillip Danault gave the Canadiens the lead.

Video: MTL@MIN: Danault banks in goal off of Dubnyk

Kinkaid certainly did his part to preserve the advantage when Zucker came knocking later in the period.

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It's safe to say that Price was thoroughly impressed by Kinkaid's remarkable stop!

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But with 12.9 seconds left before the break, Marcus Foligno put a loose puck home for Minnesota to tie things up 2-2.

Just 3:22 into the third period, Danault struck again to restore the Canadiens' lead.

Video: MTL@MIN: Danault notches second goal on deflection

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Brendan Gallagher collected the lone assist on the goal to reach the 300-point plateau for his NHL career.

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But, Minnesota fought back again courtesy of a Brad Hunt power play goal at the 8:38 mark of the final stanza.

Zach Parise followed that up with another Wild goal with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation to put Bruce Boudreau's contingent up 4-3.

That's the way things finished in Minnesota as the Canadiens' winning streak was snapped at two games.

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