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The early-season trend of finishing strong has the Wild encouraged as it pauses for a four-day break in the schedule.
Mikael Granlund slung a shot through Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy 3 minutes, 43 seconds into the extra period.
"The whole message is shoot pucks and get to the net," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "If you do that, good things can happen."
The Wild will try to assemble its first win streak during another arduous back-to-back, starting Friday at Dallas against the Stars before returning to Xcel Energy Center to play host to the Lightning on Saturday.
Down to 10 forwards with Mikko Koivu away and Matt Hendricks injured, the Wild got a third-period goal from Eric Staal to break a 1-1 tie at the X.
The power play produced and Alex Stalock's goaltending was solid, but breakdowns and poor decisions sabotaged the Wild's efforts.
Only two goalies had encountered more shots than Dubnyk's 167 entering Monday's games, and only one had posted more saves than Dubnyk's 156.
The Wild has yielded only four goals in the first period, but it's the feel of these periods that has been the problem, with the opposition appearing to dictate the action.
Wild salvages a point despite Carolina's 57 shots, a record for an opponent.
He remained next to Eric Staal and Jason Zucker to start Saturday's game.
A quick look at Saturday's game.
After managing only two goals in two games last week, the Wild used a four-day break in the schedule to tweak the lines and harp on improving its speed.
Regardless if the opportunities result in goals, Wild defenseman Matt Dumba's outlook is the same: shoot the puck.
The Wild winger was sidetracked after being socked in the face only three games into his Wild debut last season and suffering a facial fracture.
Knights didn't dent Dubnyk until 91 seconds remained in regulation.
Nate Schmidt was suspended 20 games for violating the NHL's performance-enhancing drug policy. "You just gotta be extra careful," said Eric Fehr, a teammate of Schmidt's in Washington.
After six seasons of making the playoffs and not advancing far, the Wild has a new goal in 2018-19: Do better to keep the core of the team together.
On the brink of Thursday's season opener in Colorado, Gm Paul Fenton is excited. But he's also preparing to keep a level-headed, long-term view of the process
After making a solid impression the past few weeks, the 37-year-old Blaine native has a chance to be among the Wild players who skate Thursday in the season opener at Colorado.
The Wild is getting closer to finalizing its opening-night look — especially after forwards Matt Read, Kyle Rau and Mike Liambas, defenseman Matt Bartkowski and goalie Andrew Hammond cleared waivers Sunday.
Just days into his audition at training camp for a depth spot on defense, Gustav Olofsson suffered a shoulder injury.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has plenty of hockey memories and counts his blessings – but what he wouldn't do for a Stanley Cup.
With the regular season a week away, the team seems likely to match Jonas Brodin and Jared Spurgeon on the second pair.
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter said his right ankle (he broke his talus and the outside of his right fibula after he was hit into the boards March 31) has responded better than he imagined.
A former standout at Bemidji State, Matt Read is staying in his adopted home of Minnesota
In preseason Game No. 4 the Wild finally fielded a near-complete lineup at home, and it paid off handsomely as Charlie Coyle scored three times.
Zach Parise's "rough" road back from injury appears to be nearing its end. "I feel great about where my game is at," he said.
Placing Granlund in a quarterback-style role instead of at the net would undoubtedly give the Wild a fresh dynamic.
Wild winger Nino Niederreiter represented his native Switzerland at the IIHF World Championship in May. "That definitely helped gain some confidence again," he said.
In his second season with Wild, Jordan Greenway seeks to find his way.
Less than six months after a severe ankle injury, defenseman Ryan Suter has been given the green light for full participation with the Wild.
"It's like a new principal or a new teacher coming into town," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said of new GM Paul Fenton on the eve of the team opening training camp.
In seven seasons with the Flyers, 32-year-old winger Matt Read had 87 goals and 100 assists.
Signing Zucker and Matt Dumba to five-year contracts combined with bringing in five lower-profile free agents appears to have set the Wild's roster for 2018-19.
Alex Stalock finished last season as the Wild's backup goalie. But he'll battle with recently signed Andrew Hammond for the No. 2 spot behind Devan Dubnyk.
Ivan Lodnia's audition at Wild camp is part of his journey to live an NHL dream that began before he started school.
The Russian was fifth in the Ontario Hockey League last season with 96 points.
Despite being unsigned and mired in trade speculation, restricted free agent Jason Zucker continues to actively be involved with the Wild — a decision that underscores his desire to remain with the organization.
Forward Matt Hendricks will likely fill a limited role with the Wild, but brings a veteran presence to the dressing room.
The free-agent signee is a survivor in the NHL.
The two can continue to negotiate with the Wild but, with a hearing set to be scheduled in Toronto between July 20 and Aug. 4, an arbitrator could issue a ruling if a deal isn't agreed upon beforehand.
The team didn't make a big splash, settling instead for role players with size.
It felt like Christmas in July in the summer of 2012 when the Wild revealed the two signings that would change the franchise's direction.
Extending a qualifying offer allows the Wild to retain the player's negotiation rights as they enter the free-agent market.
The Wild left the NHL draft the same way it arrived in Dallas: with no changes to the roster.
Details on the Wild's draft picks, with comments by Brent Flahr, Wild senior vice president of hockey operations.
Of the Wild's eight selections, five were centers, with Jack McBain headlining the pack. McBain racked up 58 points, including 21 goals, in 48 games last season with Toronto in the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Filip Johannson, an 18-year-old defensemen, was not considered a first rounder in many projections, but Wild GM Paul Fenton liked his hockey smarts.
K'Andre Miller, who is from Hopkins and skated for Minnetonka, played for the U.S. National Development Program's under-18 team last year. He has signed with the University of Wisconsin.
It wouldn't make sense for the Wild to return the same lineup after cutting ties with Chuck Fletcher. A significant revision aimed at helping the team achieve staying power in the playoffs feels logical, but it will be gradual.
After lacking a first-rounder in 2017 amid its six picks and selecting only four players in 2016, the Wild is looking forward to having eight picks to work with in this weekend's NHL draft.
Blake McLaughlin's story is part pro hockey dream, part real-life "Brady Bunch" and fully ready to play out later this week in the NHL draft.
New Wild GM Paul Fenton is known as tireless, patient and sharp reading intangibles. That's how he was on the ice, too.
The addition of Nashville staples such as goalie Pekka Rinne, captain Roman Josi and several others were part of Paul Fenton's legacy as assistant general manager with the Predators,
Getting familiar with the Wild's personnel is on new GM Paul Fenton's agenda as he transitions to the organization, and coach Bruce Boudreau is ready to help.
With Nashville, Fenton oversaw amateur player development, managed the pro and amateur scouting staffs and advised GM David Poile on player personnel decisions.
A standout in the Finnish Elite League, Kahkonen was also the goalie for Finland's gold medal junior team in 2016.
Reported GM finalsits include executive with ties to Leipold.
Washington rookie Travis Boyd hasn't spent much time in the NHL, but the Hopkins native has crammed plenty of memorable moments into his limited experience.
Longtime Nashville executive Paul Fenton is a candidate to replace Chuck Fletcher. The 58-year-old also interviewed for the Wild's general manager job in 2009 when Fletcher was hired.
The Wild cut ties with Chuck Fletcher on Monday following nine seasons together, and a new voice in charge is likely to bring different ideas.
After firing GM Chuck Fletcher, owner Craig Leipold said he isn't seeking a major overhaul. Instead, he wants a replacement to 'shake it up' while sharing his vision.
Although most of the lineup is under contract for next season, Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba are two core players who require new deals.
The disappointment of a third consecutive first-round playoff ouster defines mood for Wild's season
Rookie defenseman Nick Seeler and winger Jordan Greenway appeared in every playoff game for the Wild.
The Jets have beaten the Wild in all four games played in Winnipeg this season and have won 11 in a row on home ice. And that's only part of the challenge facing Minnesota in tonight's win-or-go-home Game 5.
One of the Jets' most effective defensemen won't be on the ice for Game 5 when Winnipeg tries to finish off the Wild.
Even in tense times, Devan Dubnyk focuses on maintaining the outlook that has helped him ascend to elite status among NHL goaltenders
Star forward Zach Parise, who has scored in each game of the series, suffered the injury in Sunday's 6-2 victory. Parise is the top-scoring player in Wild playoff history with 14 goals and 31 points.
While the Wild certainly established a blueprint for combating the Jets in Sunday's 6-2 victory, the belief is it'll have to make revisions to stage an encore at the X.
The Wild remains down 2-1 in the series after its lopsided 6-2 victory in Game 3 on Sunday.
After struggling to score on the road in the first two games of the series, the Wild on Sunday erupted for six goals back at home to cut into Winnipeg's lead.
The Wild's Jordan Greenway, who joined the team after finishing his college season at Boston University, corralled a loose pick and whirled to score with five minutes left in the second period.
The Wild had no trouble responding to the physical tone set by the Jets in Game 1.
After managing just 20 shots in Game 1 the Wild had an even worse output Friday in the encore — testing Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck only 17 times.
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