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Postgame Hat Trick: Canucks 4, Wild 2

Four-goal second period dooms Minnesota in Saturday matinee

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-2 loss against the Vancouver Canucks at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday afternoon:

1. After a scoreless first period, Minnesota had perhaps its roughest period of the season in the second.

It started inauspiciously enough when Reid Boucher scored a power-play goal just 19 seconds into the period to get Vancouver (30-35-9) on the board. Boucher scored again four minutes later before Brock Boeser and Jack Skille added on before the period ended. 

"They got the power-play goal. Then we had stretches where we were good, and then we just had some breakdowns and they were capitalizing on their chances," said Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper. "Things snowballed in the whole building, and we couldn't get to the intermission fast enough."

The four goals against tied a Wild franchise record for most goals allowed in a single period at home. 

Minnesota launched a comeback a bit too late as Ryan Suter put the Wild on the board with a little over two minutes remaining in the game. Eric Staal added a tally soon after at 18:45 of the third frame, but it wasn't enough, and the Canucks finished the afternoon with just their second win in their last eight games.

Video: Bruce Boudreau Postgame vs Canucks

"It's got to be up to [the players]. That was embarrassing. I'm embarrassed," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "To me, if I were the fans I would be booing even more because they pay good money for this, and to see an effort like that.

"When you don't win any battles - you know, I've been here when we've been losing and I haven't said anything too negative about the team, but I mean, if you can't compete one on one, if you don't have the emotion to want to get out there and do the right things, let alone the things the coaches are telling you, I'm telling you, if this was earlier in the year, changes would be made."

2. For Burnsville native Boeser, the goal came in his first NHL game.

With a suite full of friends and family in attendance, Boeser cleaned up a loose puck after Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper stopped a 2-on-1 break and a shot by Bo Horvat. Kuemper couldn't corral the buscuit, however, and Boeser skated in and poked it past the goalie.

"It's an awesome experience, and just to have my family and friends in the crowd, I think it definitely means a lot to all of them and me," Boeser said. "It's a dream come true."

It's hard to believe that Boeser, who won a national championship with the University of North Dakota last season, was in Fargo just 24 hours ago, playing in the final game of his collegiate career, a game the Fighting Hawks lost 4-3 in double overtime to Boston University. 

Saturday, he stood between the Sedin twins during the national anthems and had his name announced as a starter in the NHL.

"It's something you dream about, I mean, I think they got drafted the year I was born," Boeser said, not far off in his statement (he was two when they were drafted). "So it's really special and a special moment and I'm definitely gonna cherish this for a long time."

With the Canucks heading off to Winnipeg for the second of back-to-back games tomorrow at MTS Centre, it's sure to be an exhausting -- but memorable -- weekend for the Boeser family.

3. Minnesota (44-24-6) will try to get back on track on Sunday when it plays the Detroit Red Wings. 

"It doesn't just turn around. You can't just turn it on and off. You've got to start with one period and make it a second period and then a third period and that should win a game," said Wild forward Jason Zucker. "You have to do the same thing over again and over again and over again. At that point, then it's something good. You can't do it for one period or one shift and hope that it's just going to all of a sudden turn around. We aren't going to get five empty net backdoor tap ins and all of a sudden win a game. It just doesn't work that way." 

Video: Locker Room Postgame vs. Canucks

The game will mark the Wild's final appearance at historic Joe Louis Arena before the Red Wings move across town to Little Caesars Arena next season. 

The Wild will attempt to improve on its 8-17-2 record all-time at Joe Louis, which has remained one of the NHL's toughest buildings to play in for all teams over its three-plus decades of existence.


Loose pucks

• Staal's goal was the 350th of his NHL career.

• Suter's goal was his ninth of the season, establishing a new single-season career high.

• Kuemper finished with 17 saves. 

• Bachman, making his third NHL start this season, stopped 25 shots 

• Horvat finished with two assists.

• Attendance: 19,184


He said it

"We aren't crisp. We aren't sharp. Everybody seems to be fighting it. It all starts with winning battles and playing to our strengths and not turning pucks over. Just playing the right away." -- Wild forward Jason Zucker


They said it

"I had a few tears in my eyes when they brought them in because I'm thankful for everything they've done for me. Just being able to see them before the game was definitely nice and I was very happy to make them proud." -- Canucks forward Brock Boeser on his parents coming into the dressing room pregame to announce Vancouver's starting lineup


Three stars

* Brock Boeser

** Reid Boucher

*** Richard Bachman

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