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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at N.Y. Rangers

Wild's East Coast swing continues Monday night with a date against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (9-11-3) at New York Rangers (10-9-2)

Puck drop: 6:08 p.m. CT

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NEW YORK -- Two teams will play on Monday at Madison Square Garden who couldn't be coming from more polar opposite ends of the emotional spectrum. 

The Wild led for the better part of 58 minutes in Boston on Saturday night but coughed up a late two-goal lead in an eventual 5-4 overtime loss to the Bruins at TD Garden.

About 300 miles north, the New York Rangers were in the process of erasing a four-goal deficit of its own in what would end up being a 6-5 regulation victory over the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

The Wild and Rangers will meet in Manhattan on Monday night, and a test of wills will commence. 

Will there be an emotional hangover for the Wild? Will the Rangers continue to ride a wave of momentum? Or will an off day in the Big Apple for both teams clear minds ahead of the second game of a three-game road trip for the Wild, and the first of back-to-back games in the New York area?

Video: Bruce Boudreau postgame at Boston

Minnesota will play the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday before returning home for Thanksgiving and a Black Friday matinee at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild refused to dwell on its late collapse against the Bruins in the immediate aftermath of the game on Saturday, instead pulling the positives out of what was the team's best game of the season up to that point. 

The Bruins hadn't lost on home ice in regulation yet this season, yet the Wild led 4-2 with less than two minutes remaining. But David Krejci scored once with the goalie pulled, and again less than a minute later with Boston on the power play to send the game to overtime.

In the extra session, Torey Krug went coast-to-coast and scored through goaltender Alex Stalock's five hole to secure the extra point.

It was a five-minute stretch of hockey that spoiled an otherwise brilliant night for Minnesota. 

Video: Locker room postgame at Boston

"We were in control," Stalock said. "They got a power play, that gave them momentum, the building gets up and then from there, they were rolling out their top guys shift after shift, they got some chances and they put them in the net."

Meanwhile, north of the border, Montreal took a 4-0 lead on Shea Weber's goal at 2:51 of the second period. 

Filip Chytil got New York on the board less than four minutes later, the first of three Rangers goals in a span of 200 seconds. 

Even after Montreal took a 5-3 lead at 5:20 of the third, Artemi Panarin scored 31 seconds after that to make it a one-goal game. Brendan Lemieux and Jacob Trouba sandwiched the midway point of the period with goals 3 1/2 minutes apart to pull even, then ahead. 

It was the fourth time in Rangers history that they won a game after trailing by at least four goals, and the first since the 1991-92 season.

One night after the red-hot Panarin had his 12-game points streak snapped in Ottawa, The Bread Man had one goal and one assist in the victory. Panarin has seven multi-point efforts in his last nine games overall, and leads the Rangers with 12 goals and 27 points on the season. 

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is 5-5-1 in 12 starts this season, with a 3.37 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. 

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