Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 7-3 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night:
1. Marcus Foligno remained red-hot.
The Wild winger scored a beauty of a breakaway goal moments into the third period on Tuesday, giving him five goals in his past five games.
Video: MIN@PIT: Foligno dekes, tucks shot home in front
Zach Parise ended a 10-game goal drought. The veteran forward, who hadn't lit the lamp since Dec. 17, scored off the rush, taking a pass from Kevin Fiala and roofing a quick shot over Tristan Jarry for his 15th goal of the season. Parise added a second goal on the night with 12 seconds remaining in the contest, finishing a rebound off of a Ryan Donato shot.
Video: MIN@PIT: Parise rips snap shot home from circle
That was about the extent of the good news for Minnesota, which allowed at least two goals in each of the three periods.
Video: MIN@PIT: Parise jams PPG home for second goal of game
Devan Dubnyk, who got little in the way of help, finished with 22 saves.
2. The Wild was playing a defenseman down for the entirety of the game.
Greg Pateryn was expected to play. He was dressed and on the bench for starting lineups and the national anthem. Then, as the game was about to start, officials approached the Wild bench and had some sort of lengthy conversation with coach Bruce Boudreau.
Pateryn, as it turned out, was listed as a scratch on the club's official playing roster for the night. Donato, who was supposed to be scratched, was listed as active.
Because that piece of paper is gospel, Pateryn was forced to leave the bench and head to the dressing room, unable to play in the game. A few minutes into the contest, Donato appeared from the room dressed and available to play.
It was an odd sequence, but one that left Minnesota in a tough spot going against the NHL's ninth-most potent offense, one that had been without its best player for a bulk of the past two months.
3. It didn't take Sidney Crosby long to make an impact.
Pittsburgh was without its captain for 28 straight games, but it took him exactly 7:57 to make an impact. With the Pens on their first power play of the game, Crosby earned the second assist on Evgeni Malkin's goal which gave Pittsburgh an early 1-0 lead.
He was just getting started.
Crosby also assisted on Malkin's second period goal, then scored one in the third. A couple of minutes later, he added one more assist for good measure, finishing with four points in his first game back.