The Washington Capitals visited the Land of 10,000 Lakes and took down the Wild in a very spirited affair, 4-3.
The Wild out-shot the Caps 40 to 30 and out-attempted them at five-on-five 51 to 45.
The recently uneven Washington Capitals traveled to Minnesota to take on a Wild team that has benefited from a new coach bounce with a 5-2 record under new head boss Dean Evason. Could the Caps tame the Wild and get back on track?
Ryan Donato was sprung on a breakaway and banked the puck in off Braden Holtby to open scoring. Then the Caps would pounce big time. Alex Ovechkin, Richard Panik, and Ovi again would all strike within a 3:38 span in the first. Kevin Fiala responded quickly with a power play one time bomb.
Tom Wilson kicked off the third period by finishing a perfect Ovechkin feed. Zach Parise jammed one home on the power play.
Caps beat Wild 4-3!
Alex Ovechkin knows he’s got to make up some ground to catch up to David Pastrnak for the league lead in goals. Luckily, the NHL schedule-makers brought him to Minnesota on Sunday night.
Ovechkin has two goals in the first period alone.
The Washington Capitals haven’t been too great lately, but neither have the Minnesota Wild. Last month they traded away their best player and fired their coach. They’re currently outside the playoff bubble, but the western conference is so crowded they’re necessarily out of the race yet.
The Washington Capitals can help settle that matter on Sunday night ay 8 PM. Chris has recap duty, so treat him nicely.
After spending the last four years in St. Paul, Bruce Boudreau is out as head coach of the Minnesota Wild in what has to be the cruelest valentine in hockey history.
The Athletic’s Michael Russo and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman were the first to report the news.
The Minnesota Wild had an embarrassing miscue before the start of Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau filled out the lineup card wrong and the Wild are only playing with five defensemen.
The National Hockey League’s 13th ever Winter Classic will be held in Minnesota next year and be hosted by the Wild. An opponent has not been selected yet.
Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement during the second intermission of the Nashville Predators-Dallas Stars game at the Cotton Bowl.
The dog party continues. This time, the Minnesota Wild have jumped on the puppy bandwagon. Their newest squirt, Breezer, is a 12-week-old Labrador Retriever and he is ready for the upcoming season.
Breezer will become a future service dog after spending the next year with the Minnesota Wild, being fostered and trained by President Matt Majka and his wife Kym.
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