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Wild earns point the hard way, aims to find its game earlier

Minnesota pushes Carolina despite 57-23 disparity on the shot chart

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /

ST. PAUL -- It's not unusual to see three or four goals scored with the extra attacker all season. 

It's quite rare to see it happen three times in one week.

The Wild was on the short end of such a scramble again on Saturday, losing a late lead against the Carolina Hurricanes before losing in overtime 5-4 at Xcel Energy Center.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Hurricanes 5, Wild 4 (OT)

Wild can't hold on late in extra time loss to Carolina

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 5-4 overtime loss against the Carolina Hurricanes at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday night:

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From the Rink: Eriksson Ek out with lower-body injury

Boudreau announces injury ahead of Saturday night's clash with Carolina

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /

ST. PAUL -- One of the NHL's early season surprises comes to town on Saturday as the Wild hosts Carolina Hurricanes on 80s Night at Xcel Energy Center.

Despite losing goaltender Scott Darling to injury a few days before the season opener, Carolina has captured seven of a possible eight points in its first four games, scoring 17 goals in the process.


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Wild's best leads club to much-needed win over rival Blackhawks

Zucker, Staal, Suter and Parise each have multi-point nights as Minnesota finds the win column

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /

ST. PAUL -- Desperately needing a win after back-to-back losses to open the 2018-19 regular season, the Wild got exactly what it wanted on Thursday: a galvanizing, emotional -- and somewhat unexpected, considering the circumstances -- victory against a division rival.

Minnesota looked buried twice in the game. 

In the first period, Chicago raced to a two-goal advantage, presenting the Wild with a deficit that matched its total offensive putout through two games.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 4, Blackhawks 3 (OT)

Zucker's second goal of the game in overtime lifts Wild to first win of the season

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-3 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Thursday night:

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Organizers mark 100 days to 13th annual Hockey Day Minnesota

Hockey Day flag raised at Xcel Energy Center as preparations continue for statewide hockey celebration on Jan. 19; Tickets on sale now

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

ST PAUL -- The official 13th Annual Wells Fargo Hockey Day Minnesota flag was raised during a special ceremony outside Gate 1 of Xcel Energy Center today to mark 100 days to the statewide hockey celebration. Bemidji will host Hockey Day's outdoor games in 2019 on a temporary outdoor rink to be constructed at Lake Bemidji on Saturday, Jan. 19. Proceeds of the event will benefit Bemidji area youth hockey programs.

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From the Rink: Wild hoping third game against Chicago brings another 'W'

Minnesota started 0-1-1 last season as well before a victory over the Blackhawks gave the Wild its first win

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- The results are indistinguishable. The circumstances are similar. And the opponent in game three is exactly the same.

The parallels between the start of the 2017-18 season and the 2018-19 season are quite remarkable.

Last season, the Wild lost 4-2 in Detroit, lost in a shootout to Carolina, then played the Chicago Blackhawks in game three.

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