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Wild in Philly for Second Game of Trip

Minnesota continues swing through Pennsylvania following win in Pittsburgh on Thursday

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

PHILADELPHIA -- The Minnesota Wild will continue its road trip on Saturday night when it plays the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.

After a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, the Wild enjoyed a light day at the rink, with a handful of players going on the ice while others took part in a light workout.

It's a needed day of rest before Minnesota plays back-to-back games this weekend to finish a stretch of three games in four nights. The Wild will travel to Ottawa on Sunday to finish the trip before returning home for a three-game homestand.

The win over Pittsburgh snapped the Penguins' seven-game unbeaten streak and allowed the Wild to kick off the trip on the right note. Now, the goal is to build on that momentum and secure at least a winning road swing.

"It's huge. We thought we played well [in Colorado last Saturday] and didn't come out with the win," said Wild forward Charlie Coyle. "But to play pretty decent, come out in the second and third and come out with a win on the first game of the trip, kind of set the tone, that's huge and what we were looking for."

Minnesota sustained a heartbreaking 3-2 loss at the Wells Fargo Center last season, nearly rallying to tie the score in the final seconds of the game. Coyle's shot into an open net was somehow kept out by a sprawling Michal Neuvirth in what might have been the save of the season.

And while the Wild hasn't had much success here in franchise history -- Minnesota is 3-8-0 in 11 games all time in Philadelphia -- a victory against the Stanley Cup champions on Thursday night has certain put some wind in its sails.

The win snapped a tough two-game losing streak, made worse by the fact Minnesota played those games over a span of 11 days and saw other teams in the Central Division catch, and then pass, the once division-leading Wild.

"You're never happy with the outcome but I think we all felt pretty good about the way we played in Colorado. That was a really hard-fought game and a disappointing outcome," said Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk. "But we had some really good days in practice and that's important to have that energy throughout the week."

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