SAN JOSE – Prior to its game on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings, Head Coach Mike Yeo said the Minnesota Wild hadn't forgotten it was a good team.
"We've got a group that a couple of weeks ago, we were one of the better teams in the league," Yeo said. "We're a good team that's just in a bad spell."
That spell ended with a 3-0 win against the Pacific Division-leading Kings on Thursday at Staples Center, a building in which Los Angeles was 15-7-1 entering the game.
The word "relief" was pretty common in the Wild's postgame after its first victory in 12 days.
"I'm very proud, and a little bit relieved for them," Yeo said. "The work ethic has been there. We are not going to sit around and say we were playing great, and just been unfairly rewarded, but I liked our focus.
"Again, continuing to stay with it despite the way things have gone, and then finding a way to be a little bit better."
Though its five-game losing streak — a season-long — looked different at each point, it ended with the Wild playing at a level it felt was good enough to win, without getting the results.
"We knew in our mind we were playing well, we just weren't able to capitalize on some chances," Ryan Suter said.