Frustrated Wild loses in Dallas, ends 7-game win streak

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO
  • Updated: March 30, 2013 - 12:40 AM

The Wild left the ice frustrated after the opportunistic Stars ended a seven-game run of wins.

view larger photos

  

 

– Trying to cool down in a still-overheated locker room, frustrated players tore off equipment and slam-dunked balls of tape into garbage cans.

There were no smiles, no celebratory techno music.

The Wild experienced the unfamiliar feeling of a loss Friday night, but slowly but surely they tried to brush off the 5-3 defeat to the Dallas Stars and look ahead to Saturday, when the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings visit St. Paul.

“This is one loss. We just won seven in a row before that,” coach Mike Yeo said after the Wild’s first defeat since March 12. “We’ll push this one aside and just get ready for [Saturday].”

“That’s the good thing. Game coming up,” captain Mikko Koivu said. “Forget this quick and move on.”

Still, one can bet players were still seething on that flight back to Minnesota after a vexing game in which frustration boiled over late. Players were first angry with themselves for falling behind two goals for the first time in 12 games. Then, they were ticked at referees Dan O’Halloran and Frederick L’Ecuyer for giving Dallas a two-minute 5-on-3 early in the third period. Finally, anger detoured to the Stars, highlighted by Mike Rupp and Zenon Konopka trying to deposit Reilly Smith into the Minnesota bench.

“Frustration definitely took over,” Yeo said.

After the Wild recovered from a poor start and rallied on goals by Devin Setoguchi and Jared Spurgeon, Erik Cole broke a 2-2 tie 62 seconds into the third after the Wild’s third line, particularly Dany Heatley, got caught too deep in the offensive zone.

“We were in a good position and unfortunately we came out and let them get that rush chance and then we’re chasing after that,” Yeo said.

The chase became even more uphill when 58 seconds after Cole scored, Koivu tripped Eric Nystrom. That was compounded when Ryan Suter was dinged for cross-checking future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr across the elbow.

“A 3-2 game, and they call that,” Suter said. “… It’s too bad the refs don’t have to answer to anyone. I don’t want to get fined, but I feel we’re accountable. If we do something wrong, we have someone looking after us. I feel the refs need to have the same accountability.”

Ten seconds after the penalties, Ray Whitney set up Jamie Benn for an easy goal that beat rookie Matt Hackett for a 4-2 lead. That would ultimately become the winning goal.

The shame of the loss was twofold. First, the Wild’s comeback. “Coming into the third, we felt really good about how we started taking the game over,” Kyle Brodziak said.

Secondly, Hackett, who was spelling Niklas Backstrom, was playing a solid game to that point. He had no chance on four of the five goals. Late in the second, after Spurgeon’s tying goal, the 23-year-old made a series of clutch saves on Benn. He then robbed Nystrom with an elastic pad save.

But there were too many Wild turnovers in the defensive zone. Its penalty kill, usually so good, gave up three goals.

“We were shorthanded too many times,” Cal Clutterbuck said. “Whether it was our fault or not, it doesn’t matter. We ended up there somehow.”

The Stars had not played since losing 7-4 to the Wild on Monday. They spent all week prepping for the rematch, so the Wild knew it would get Dallas’ best game.

  • related content

  • Postgame: Wild's streak ends, Kuemper sent down

    Friday March 29, 2013

    The Wild rallied from a 2-0 deficit before losing 5-3 in Dallas

  • Wild notes: Newcomer Clark close to making Wild debut

    Saturday March 30, 2013

    Signed March 13, Brett Clark has yet to make his Wild debut, but he understands fully why coach Mike Yeo has been hesitant to mess with a winning lineup

  • Gameday preview: Wild vs. Los Angeles

    Saturday March 30, 2013

    7 P.M. VS. LOS ANGELES

  • Wild goaltender Matt Hackett held his ground Friday night as as Dallas Stars forward Reilly Smith attacked the goal crease.

  • Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner worked the puck along the boards while being checked by Dallas’ Antoine Roussel in the first period.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Tennessee 13 FINAL
Jacksonville 21
Philadelphia 12/20/14 3:30 PM
Washington
San Diego 12/20/14 7:25 PM
San Francisco
Minnesota 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Baltimore 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Detroit 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
Cleveland 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Atlanta 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Green Bay 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Kansas City 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 12/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 12/21/14 3:05 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Oakland
Indianapolis 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Seattle 12/21/14 7:30 PM
Arizona
Denver 12/22/14 7:30 PM
Cincinnati
Utah 6:00 PM
Orlando
Charlotte 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
Brooklyn 6:30 PM
Cleveland
Washington 6:30 PM
Miami
Minnesota 6:30 PM
Boston
Toronto 6:30 PM
Detroit
Chicago 7:00 PM
Memphis
Portland 7:00 PM
San Antonio
LA Clippers 8:00 PM
Denver
Oklahoma City 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
Tampa Bay 6:00 PM
New Jersey
Anaheim 6:30 PM
Ottawa
NY Islanders 6:30 PM
Detroit
Boston 7:00 PM
Winnipeg
Dallas 8:00 PM
Calgary
Wilberforce 12:30 PM
Youngstown St
Jackson State 1:00 PM
Tulane
Siena 5:00 PM
Radford
Stillman 6:00 PM
Alabama
Case Western Reserve 6:00 PM
Bucknell
Niagara 6:00 PM
Buffalo
SD Christian 6:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara
Concordia (MI) 6:00 PM
Central Mich
Northern Ill 6:00 PM
Dartmouth
North Florida 6:00 PM
Florida A&M
Hiwassee 6:00 PM
Gardner-Webb
Tennessee St 6:00 PM
Hampton
NC A&T 6:00 PM
Kent State
Central Penn College 6:00 PM
Liberty
Bethune-Cookman 6:00 PM
Mercer
Eastern Ky 6:00 PM
Miami-Florida
Northern Ky 6:00 PM
Morehead State
Northern Ariz 6:00 PM
Norfolk State
MD-Eastern Shore 6:00 PM
Old Dominion
St Marys-CA 6:00 PM
St Johns
Clemson 6:00 PM
South Carolina
Tenn Tech 6:00 PM
Tennessee
Washington-MD 6:00 PM
William & Mary
Furman 6:30 PM
Fla Gulf Coast
South Dakota St 6:30 PM
CS-Bakersfield
Milligan 7:00 PM
Lamar
LSU-Alexandria 7:00 PM
ULM
Southern Utah 7:00 PM
Loyola-Chicago
Chattanooga 7:00 PM
Middle Tennessee
Seattle 7:00 PM
Minnesota
Lipscomb 7:00 PM
Princeton
Winthrop 7:00 PM
SE Louisiana
Dickinson State 7:00 PM
North Dakota
New Orleans 7:05 PM
Southern Ill
TX-Pan American 8:00 PM
Creighton
Colorado State 8:00 PM
Denver
Alabama A&M 8:00 PM
Marquette
Ark-Pine Bluff 8:00 PM
Texas Tech
Eastern Wash 9:00 PM
California
Idaho State 9:05 PM
Utah State
Arizona 10:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Hawaii 10:59 PM
Chaminade
Nevada 12/20/14 10:00 AM
Louisiana
Utah State 12/20/14 1:20 PM
Texas-El Paso
(23) Utah 12/20/14 2:30 PM
Colorado State
Western Mich 12/20/14 4:45 PM
Air Force
South Alabama 12/20/14 8:15 PM
Bowling Green
BYU 12/22/14 1:00 PM
Memphis
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Rice
Ohio Valley 10:00 AM
Youngstown St
East Tenn St 10:30 AM
UNC-Wilmington
Louisiana 11:00 AM
Alcorn State
Cal-Irvine 11:00 AM
Purdue
Campbell 12:00 PM
Stetson
Jacksonville St 1:00 PM
Charleston Southern
Denver 1:30 PM
Wright State
Texas State 2:00 PM
Bethune-Cookman
Blue Mountain 2:00 PM
Central Arkansas
Albany 3:00 PM
Pepperdine
TX-San Antonio 3:00 PM
Houston
Yale 3:30 PM
Bucknell
Northern Colorado 3:30 PM
Fla Gulf Coast
Belmont 4:00 PM
Mercer
Massachusetts 4:00 PM
Georgia State
George Mason 4:05 PM
Winthrop
Portland State 4:30 PM
Princeton
UCLA 5:00 PM
Samford
Mobile 5:00 PM
Alabama State
Nicholls 5:30 PM
Texas Tech
Toledo 5:30 PM
Nevada
UMass Lowell 5:30 PM
(13) Duke
St Marys-CA 6:00 PM
Virginia
McNeese State 6:00 PM
Rice
McMurry 6:00 PM
Houston Baptist
NJIT 6:00 PM
Seton Hall
(6) North Carolina 6:00 PM
Maine
Lafayette 6:00 PM
Stony Brook
Siena 6:00 PM
Binghamton
Longwood 6:00 PM
Clemson
Savannah State 6:00 PM
Florida State
(19) Syracuse 6:00 PM
(9) Baylor
Buffalo 6:00 PM
Manhattan
Ohio U 6:00 PM
La Salle
Canisius 6:00 PM
Michigan
Davidson 6:00 PM
NC State
Northern Ky 6:00 PM
Delaware
Saint Louis 6:30 PM
Austin Peay
(25) DePaul 6:30 PM
(2) Connecticut
Florida Atlantic 7:00 PM
Long Beach St
Miami-Florida 7:00 PM
Tulane
Miss Valley St 7:00 PM
Memphis
Ark-Pine Bluff 7:00 PM
UAB
Bowling Green 7:05 PM
Illinois State
Arkansas State 7:05 PM
Missouri State
ULM 7:05 PM
Wichita State
(16) Oregon State 8:00 PM
Southern Ill
Utah Valley U 8:30 PM
Montana
Pacific 9:00 PM
New Mexico St
No Dakota State 9:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
Utah State 9:00 PM
Sacramento St
Bethesda (CA) 9:00 PM
Fresno State
LSU 9:30 PM
UC Santa Barbara

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Will Christian Ponder ever be a full-time starter in the NFL?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close