Following Wild games, occasionally Manager of Digital Media Ryan Stanzel will give the Five Takeaways that he remembers from the contest. Tonight, he looks back at a 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins:
A night after seeing a multi-goal lead evaporate in the third, it was the Wild’s turn to launch a comeback. Trailing 3-1 after two periods, Minnesota scored three times in the third to shock the Bruins — who had 117 points last regular season — and their sellout crowd.
The third period was one of the Wild’s most dominant this season, outshooting the Bruins 18-8. After a power play didn’t connect early in the period, Zach Parise flipped home a pass-of-the-year candidate from Mikael Granlund, who sent over no-look helper. Just 2:13 later, the fourth line went to work. Boston goaltender Tuuka Rask was trying to cover up the puck with Ryan Carter whacking at it along the near post. The puck went off defenseman Zach Trotman’s skate, then stick, to Justin Fontaine, who popped it over the prone netminder for his first goal of the season.
The teams evened play up for awhile, but Marco Scandella put the Wild up for good with 5:53 left. He knuckled a shot from the left point, through a lot of traffic in front, and it eluded Rask for the game-winner.
There are a couple of great stats out of tonight’s big Wild win. Minnesota became just the sixth team to put up 40 shots on the Bruins in Boston since the 2011-12 season. Also, Minnesota rallied to win after trailing by two goals for the first time since March 23, 2014, in Detroit. The Wild was down 2-0 in the second of that game and won 4-3 in overtime.
At 5:47 Eastern time, nearly 90 minutes before puck drop, TD Garden sat silent. Then, a “CHARLIE, COYLE” chant broke out. And then another. And another. For the next 10 minutes, dozens of kids let their adoration for the young Wild forward show.
Tonight, the East Weymouth, Mass. native played his second career game as a pro in Boston. Only a sparkling save by Rask on a breakaway kept him from a goal. Coyle did earn a point with an assist on Scandella’s game-winning goal, and had a big blocked shot at the end of regulation.
With no Erik Haula, and a slow third period offensively last night, Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo juggled the lines tonight in search of a spark. The trio he didn’t touch was Granlund, Parise and Jason Pominville. Mikko Koivu was flanked by Jason Zucker, who leads the Wild in goals, and Coyle. Kyle Brodziak returned to the lineup to center Thomas Vanek and Nino Niederreiter.
That newly formed group accounted for the Wild’s first goal of the night, with Brodziak creating a turnover, and Vanek flipping the puck to Niederreiter all alone in front of the net. Vanek nearly tied the game 2-2 midway through the second, shooting a puck from the corner, behind the goal line that somehow banked of the crossbar and out of the net, missing crossing the goal line by the smallest of margins.
The Wild was also missing a key cog on the blueline tonight as Jonas Brodin was out as he’s sore in a “few spots” after a hit last night from Chris Kreider that Yeo likened to a car crash. That caused the bench boss to insert Justin Falk, recalled earlier today from Iowa, and split up the other two pairs. Ryan Suter skated with Jared Spurgeon, while Nate Prosser, who had a good game Monday in New York, was with Scandella. Falk skated with rookie Matt Dumba.