It looked like Wild winger Kevin Fiala was ready for a performance like this.
After playing what he called "a pretty good game" Sunday in his first matchup against his former team since the Feb. 25 trade that sent him to the Wild from the Predators, Fiala had his best game in a new uniform Tuesday when he scored twice to help the Wild snag a point in a 5-4 shootout loss at Bridgestone Arena — an encouraging sign for the team that one of its top-six newcomers is getting more comfortable.
"I feel I'm a player if I have confidence from the coach, I can play with more confidence and give [Bruce Boudreau] more," Fiala said. "I feel it now. I'm very thankful, for sure, that he's given me this opportunity so far. I just want to give him something back, as well as [General Manager] Paul Fenton like I said in the past. Just work hard every day. That's what I can do. Everything else will fall into place."