Following Wild games, Managing Editor Mike Doyle will give the Five Takeaways that he'll remember from the contest. Tonight, he looks back at a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres:
One game doesn't make a season, and neither do a couple of weeks. In an 82-game season, it’s important not to get too high or too low, but tonight’s win does feel pretty good. After a long December, the Minnesota Wild is undefeated in 2014. It’s funny to think of a January contest as must win, but that’s what it felt like tonight as the Wild snapped a six-game losing streak and looked a lot like the team we saw before the slide...Read More.
The Minnesota Wild overcame a slow start with three second-period goals and got a stellar performance in goal from Niklas Backstrom to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 Thursday, snapping a franchise-record six-game regulation losing streak.
Playing in place of an under-the-weather Josh Harding, Backstrom was steady throughout, stopping 19 shots to earn his third victory of the season. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for Backstrom dating back to a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets Nov. 23...Read More.