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Wild Looks to Rebound On the Island

Minnesota plays the second half of back-to-back games Sunday against the Islanders

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

Boudreau Pregame at Islanders

Bruce Boudreau Pregame at Islanders

Wild Head Coach Bruce Boudreau spoke with the media as the Wild prepare to face the Islanders in New York

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NEW YORK -- The Minnesota Wild will try and rebound from a tough loss Saturday night when it plays the New York Islanders on Sunday at Barclays Center. 

The Wild saw its three-game winning streak snapped Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils, who spoiled a fantastic game by goaltender Devan Dubnyk, scoring once with under nine minutes left in regulation and again just 29 seconds into overtime to score a 2-1 victory.

Dubnyk made nine saves in the first period Saturday and was outstanding in the second, making a number of big saves. Joel Eriksson Ek scored a goal in his first career game to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead early in the second and Dubnyk nearly made it stand up.

P.A. Parenteau scored on a slap shot from the top of the right circle at 11:56 to spoil the shutout. Taylor Hall scored on the first shift of 3-on-3 overtime to nab the Devils the extra point.

"It's disappointing," Dubnyk said. "Usually, we're able to squeeze those ones out, but couldn't get it when we had some chances to get some other ones. [Devils goaltender Cory Schneider] played well, as well."

Still, the Wild was able to get one point on the road, and in New Jersey no less, a place where Minnesota has rarely played well. It was the fifth time the Wild has gained at least a point in 10 trips to The Garden State, where the Wild have won just once in franchise history.

"It's early," said Wild defenseman Matt Dumba. "We have to turn around and play [Sunday] night. We have to let this one get out of our heads. We got a point."

The Wild has fared better on Long Island, where it has won five of 10 all-time meetings. It will be just the second trip to Barclays Center, however, where the Islanders won 5-3 last season.

The games this weekend mark the first time this season the Wild has played on back-to-back nights. Minnesota did it 15 times last year, going 5-7-3 on the back end of those games. 

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