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Postgame Hat Trick: Ducks 4, Wild 0

Anaheim pulls away late in homestand finale at Xcel Energy Center

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-0 loss against the Anaheim Ducks at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Tuesday night:

1. The Wild's offense has suddenly dried up.

Even in losses to the Flyers and Devils last week, the one thing Minnesota could hang its hat on was the fact that it scored four goals in each game. 

In the two games since, the exact opposite has been true. The back-to-back shutouts marked the first time in more than three years the Wild had been blanked in consecutive games (Jan. 15-16, 2016). It was the first time in back-to-back home games in nearly six years. 

It wasn't for a lack of trying, however, especially late.

Sensing the game slipping away, the Wild put sustained pressure on the Anaheim for a good 10 minutes of the third period, getting a couple of power plays in the process. 

But down 1-0, the Wild could never find the tying salvo.

2. Anaheim pulled away after that.

Corey Perry scored off the rush at 14:16 of the third period to make it 2-0, then Ryan Kesler scored less than two minutes later to make it a three-goal deficit. 

Those goals made a game it looked like could turn towards the Wild into one that was all of the sudden, very much out of hand.

3. Minnesota now hits the road.

An 0-3-1 homestand was not how the Wild drew things up. Can it get back on track on the road? Games against the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings await on Thursday and Friday before a return home and a rematch against the Blues.

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