G Sergei Bobrovsky made 15 saves and LW James Van Riemsdyk and C Jeff Carter scored in the game’s opening six minutes, as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Minnesota Wild 6-1 in front of 16,516 at Xcel Energy Center.
LW Patrick O’Sullivan scored a goal in his Wild debut, C Matt Cullen
skated in his 900th NHL game and G Niklas Backstrom
made 22 saves for Minnesota, which holds its annual day-after-Thanksgiving matinee on Friday at 1 p.m. against Nashville.
LW Patrick O’Sullivan, acquired on waivers Tuesday, scored in his Wild debut. It marked his second goal in 11 games this season, counting his time in Carolina. O’Sullivan was originally Minnesota’s second-round pick (No. 56 overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
C Matt Cullen
skated in his 900th NHL game, becoming the ninth Minnesotan ever to reach that mark. He ranks 10th amongst Minnesota-born players in goals (173), ninth in assists (303), eighth in points (476), and is tied for third in shorthanded goals (11).
RW Cal Clutterbuck
set a team record by recording 12 hits.
Philadelphia won at Xcel Energy Center for the first time in three games.
RW Martin Havlat had his point streak snapped at five games (2-6=8). He has 11 points (3-8=11) in his last 10 games.
G Niklas Backstrom
made 22 saves and has dropped back-to-back home starts for the first time since March 31-April 2.
The Wild went 0-for-3 on the power play and is 0-for-11 on the man advantage in the last four games. Minnesota also hasn’t scored a PPG in the last four home games for the first time since Oct. 30-Nov. 18, 2009. The Wild is 7-4-1 this season when scoring a PPG, and 3-4-1 when not scoring one. Minnesota has allowed a SHG in back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 7-Nov. 10, 2009.
The Wild allowed a pair of first period goals for just the third time this season – first at home. The other two instances came Nov. 11 in Atlanta, and Nov. 12 in Florida.
Minnesota has lost back-to-back home games in regulation for the first time since March 31-April 2.