• The long-term impact is subject to debate, but I firmly believe that Chris Porter's goal in the final minute of the first period Monday at least kept the Wild from getting booed off the ice. From the press box, the Xcel Energy Center crowd looked ready to pounce. Instead? Even down 2-1, the Wild received a warm exit.
• Injured Wild forward Zach Parise was roaming the press box between periods Monday.
The Wild has the night off, but that just gives you the ability to watch other games. Best bet: Blues at Blackhawks (8:30 p.m., NBCSN). Chicago is desperate, down 2-1 in the series.
"Didn't take long for the Gardy haters to show up. Just mentioning his name on here guarantees at least 100 comments from the arm chair managers."
"vikings1" commenting on startribune.com.
"Buxton's home-to-third time on his triple (10.75 seconds) was the fastest recorded by Statcast this year. And second-fastest since last year."