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Continued: Harding backstops Wild to 3-1 victory over San Jose

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 9, 2013 - 6:50 AM

Matt Cooke drew applause on the penalty kill when he ate 15 seconds of clock by outbattling three San Jose players in one corner. “If you can go out and have a good kill, your team can get a spark out of it,” Cooke said.

Less than five minutes later, Dany Heatley forced a turnover, and Jared Spurgeon set up Koivu, who skated between the circles and ripped his seventh goal.

The Wild was glad to bounce back after Friday’s 4-0 loss at Columbus and before hitting the road for three consecutive games and seven of its next eight.

But it wasn’t an easy game.

“They do that overload in the D zone,” Parise said, a defensive-zone coverage taught by his former Devils coach Larry Robinson, now San Jose’s associate coach. “It makes it really, really hard to get anything going on the cycle. … That puck gets stuck in the corner, they put four guys in there and we’ve got two. You can’t do anything.

“We did it in New Jersey, so trust me, I’m familiar with it.”

 

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