(photo: Dinur Blum)
The Minnesota Wild were struggling earlier in their season, which was shown especially in January, when they lost seven of their games in just that month. They appear to have turned their season around, because in February 22’s game, they beat the Dallas Stars, pushing them up to a seventh place spot in the Western Conference; with a total of 69 points. This win that pushed them up to seventh place marked the first time that they have held a playoff spot since November 24th.
The game versus the Dallas Stars was one of the best of the season for the Minnesota Wild, as they dominated the game, with a final score of 6-2. It looked as if the Wild may lose for a good portion of the game, as they were losing 1-0 up until the beginning of the third period. Jason Spezza scored the first goal of the game in the second period, establishing his fourteenth goal of the season. He also had the Stars’ second goal of the game, but it was late in the third period; too late to come back from the Wild’s rally.
When the third period started, the Minnesota Wild looked for just one goal to tie the game. Zach Parise netted a goal right away in the period, igniting the Wild’s rally. Next, Mikko Koivu scored off of a wrist shot, which was then followed by Stephane Veilleux’s first goal of the season to make it 3-1.
Matt Dumba and Mikael Granlund scored two big goals back to back, making the game 5-1. Parise then scored his second goal of the game to make it 6-1. These six goals marked a record for the Minnesota Wild, as that is the first time in franchise history that they scored that many goals in a single period.
The game was a great one for the Wild, and their confidence is boosted even more after this big win.