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Wild, Boudreau 'got to be better,' Zucker says: report

Minnesota held players-only meeting following loss to Canadiens

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The Minnesota Wild need to improve their game, and that includes coach Bruce Boudreau, forward Jason Zucker said following a 4-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Zucker, according to multiple media reports, made the comments following a 10-minute players-only meeting when captain Mikko Koivu addressed the Wild.

"Some things needed to be said, and Mikko covered them," Zucker said. "I think more than [a players-only meeting] is going to have to jump-start us, to be honest. It's going to be each individual guy from (coach) Bruce [Boudreau] on down. Bruce has got to be better. We have got to be better. Everybody's got to be better. That's it."

The Wild (1-6-0) are last in the NHL with two points and a League-worst minus-15 goal differential. Their 1-6-0 record matches their worst start through the first seven games of a season (2009-10).

"Our execution right now is nowhere near where it needs to be," Boudreau said. "They're all getting mad at themselves on the bench. They want to do well. This is a group that wants to win for the team and for the city and for everything, but things aren't going well.

"And so they're complicated by, some are trying too hard, doing things that, maybe instead of simplifying things, they're just trying to do too much, like trying to deke out four guys instead of getting it and moving it, and simple plays."

Koivu said the Wild, who next play the Canadiens at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV), need to work hard to turn the season around.

"It's not one shift, one period, one game," he said. "It's about every single day. We keep talking about it and that is what it comes to. There's two ways you can go. We have to find our way out of it."

This is Boudreau's fourth season coaching the Wild, who missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season for the first time since the 2011-12 season. It's their first season under general manager Bill Guerin, who was hired Aug. 22, replacing Paul Fenton, who was fired July 30.

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