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Wild outlast Hurricanes in the shootout

Nov 9, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild continue to keep pace in the Central Division.

The Wild, despite what may not have been their best overall effort, defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in the shootout Saturday night. The Wild scored on all three of their shootout attempts.

For the Wild, that’s four wins in their last five games. The win gives them 24 points, which is only two back of the Colorado Avalanche for the division lead.

But despite the two points, one player had an honest assessment of his team’s performance.

“We were slow and fortunate to get it to overtime the way we played,” said Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, as per Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Don’t know why so many writers continue to just mention points. Sure they’re only 2 points back – but they’ve played 3 more games. St. Lois also has 24 points – and has played 3 less games.

    Minnesota is improved, and the bottom line is currently they are the 4th best team in the Central, the toughest division i the NHL.

  2. rushledger - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    With Winnipeg, Nashville and Dallas in the division I wouldn’t call it the toughest.

    • allday420ap - Nov 10, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      the oilers are a whole lot worse though, so its very close

    • lordfletcher - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:14 AM

      Pacific and Central are clearly the top two divisions.

      You have to say the Pacific is overall better with their top 5 compared to the Centrals (I don’t think anyone is really scared of Nashville). I would say the top two in the Central are ELITE. Hawks and Blues, whew.

      Anaheim is playing the best, but have to prove it come April – May, especially with their goaltending in the post season.

      cheers

  3. mp1131211 - Nov 10, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Suter is worth every penny. Parise has been excellent too. And how about that Fontaine, eh? Not to mention Pominville and Grabdlund. Now if they can figure out how to plug up the holes (Dumba comes to mind, Heatley too), they’re gonna be a great team with consistent effort who execute a system that works.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Heatley will be gone at the end of the season. He seems like he just cannot keep up. Heck, his legs look like they barely bend anymore. That whole team is really looking like…well, like a team. They’re cohering quite well, and they seem to be able to roll 4 solid lines every night. Last night, they did look slow. However, they never seemed excessively sloppy or out of sync. They’re only gonna get better. Love watching this team now!

      • drhockeysm7 - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        I agree with you both, but if you actually watch Dany, yes he “appears” slow but I think its very deceptive. He certainly is not as quick as he used to be, but I think his overall speed is not an issue, i’ve seen him make great back checking plays time and time again, and I’ve seen him get the puck from a stand still in the neutral zone with Toews on his heels and he kept his distance and got the puck into the zone. His scoring touch is suffering from lack of confidence right now, if you remember early in the year he hit a couple pipes and just missed on a few other attempts, and he continues to get 1-2 good chances a night, so he could easily have 5-7 goals right now and nobody would be talking about his poor play.

        Not to mention, he is now on the 4th line and accepting it, elevating their play, and still getting some chances. Will he be gone next year, probably, but he will be here all season this year, and I still have hope that he can make an impact in the last half of the season, if not sooner!

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