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Wild descent extends to six games

Dec 31, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie (74) scores on Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding, right, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) AP

For the first time since their losing streak began, the Minnesota Wild held their competition to just two goals. That still wasn’t enough to stop the bleeding.

Josh Harding stopped just 26 of 31 shots after a four-game absence on Saturday as the Wild blew a 3-0 lead in an eventual 5-4 loss against the New York Islanders. After that humiliating defeat, they started tonight’s contest strong, but fizzled out.

“What it came down to is we broke,” Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo said in his postgame presser.

St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie and Jaden Schwartz each found the back of the net, but they were the only ones able to beat Harding tonight. On the other end of the ice, Ryan Suter spoiled goaltender Brian Elliott shutout bid with just 8.3 seconds left in the third period of the Blues 2-1 win.

After dropping six straight games, Minnesota is still just two points shy of the second Wild Card spot, which is currently occupied by the Phoenix Coyotes. However, Phoenix has played in four fewer contests going into its match against Edmonton tonight.

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  1. jhaegs - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Great game by the makeshift 1st line of Oshie, Sobotka, and Schwartz. Sobotka and Schwartz NEED to be on a line together, because their play styles are identical, and their chemistry is amazing. Very glad to have Sobotka back for face offs too.

    All in all, a solid game on both ends of the ice, and I hope we can extend this streak against LA.

  2. drsteller - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Yeo needs to go.

  3. 950003cups - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Shake it off Josh. Get a shutout on the next go. Yeo sucks as a coach. This is two years with a star studded roster. As of now he’s produced ugotz. Last year was a half season and he squeezed in the playoffs only to get annihilated by the eventual champs. It’s time for a new coach in Minny. Been saying that a while now. He preaches a slow game with high tempo players. When he leaves he needs to take Backstroke with him.

  4. mnwild169 - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    If they do not fire Yeo, I will start cheering for the pro team in Wisconsin……Oh wait, outside of the overrated Pack, there are no other pro teams in Wisconsin. Also. apparently Rodgers takes it through the exit door.

  5. hardkor07mn - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    My question is, why do we never have anyone in front of the net? We center the puck time after time and there’s no one there. I don’t get it. They taught us that in mite hockey. GO TO THE NET AND SHOOT THE PUCK!

    • byrdnelson - Jan 1, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      Praying for a deflection. That is some scheme huh? Don’t know why they are coached to not drive to the net.

  6. polegojim - Jan 1, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Harding will get his stride back… forget Harding… who will start scoring goals for the Wild???

    Same story most of this season and how many games will you win with 1 goal???

  7. cmmorgan32 - Jan 1, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Well Backstrom haters, Harding was in net again tonight and what happened? Yet another Minnesota loss. I’m glad they could avoid being shutout, but their inability to score goals is mind boggling and when they do score, it often happens when the damage has been done (ex. Suter’s goal tonight). Regardless of who the coach is going forward, perhaps it’s time for players to be scratched for a game or two if their play is suffering (ex. Heatley).

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