Wild dig themselves another hole in 4-3 overtime loss to Hurricanes

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has heeded warning over the past couple of weeks.

Despite that fact that his players seem to thrive when playing from behind, Boudreau has stressed that, more often than not, it’s not going to work out in their favor.

“It’s a bad formula for success,” Boudreau said after a loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. “There’s no doubt about it.”

Boudreau doubled down on his sentiments before Saturday’s game against the fleet-footed Carolina Hurricanes.

“We went through the numbers with the group,” Boudreau said. “It’s tough playing catch-up every night.”

Again, the Wild failed to listen, digging themselves another hole before suffering a 4-3 overtime loss.

“We make it pretty tough on ourselves trying to overcome deficits every game,” Zach Parise said. “We just got ourselves into trouble tonight.”

That trouble culminated with winger Andrei Svechnikov playing hero for the Hurricanes in overtime, netting the game-winner with a snappy wrist shot from the right circle.

It was an unfortunate end for the Wild, though it’s hard to feel too badly for them after they fell behind 2-0 for fifth time in the past six games.

It happened fast, as the Hurricanes got goals from defenseman Joel Edmundson and winger Brock McGinn in the first period to take a 2-0 lead.

Unsurprisingly with way the Wild have been playing as of late, they battled back in the second period, starting when Luke Kunin netted a top-shelf snipe from in close to make it 2-1.

Although the Hurricanes took a 3-1 lead with a goal from winger Warren Foegele, the Wild finished the period with a flurry to make things interesting down the stretch.

“We were all over them, and then they scored, and a lot of teams would have buckled,” Boudreau said. “It made our team stronger.”

After looking abysmal on the power play for most of the game, the Wild got a short-handed goal from Parise to make it 3-2 and take some of the edge off.

It came on the heels of a good play by Mikko Koivu to drive the net on the penalty kill as well as a pretty pass by Matt Dumba. Still, the rest was up to Parise, and he made it count with a tremendous effort to hammer home his own rebound.

Not longer after that, Carson Soucy tied the score at 3-3 with his first career goal.

“It’s always a dream to get the first goal,” Soucy said. “It was a special moment, too, to tie it up.”

That put the Wild in business heading into the third period, and they almost took the lead a few times early in the frame.

Heck, if they had any sort of puck luck, they would have taken the lead.

It was almost like goaltender James Reimer had a rabbit’s foot in his pocket, as shots from Joel Eriksson Ek and Jordan Greenway floated ever so close to the goal line without going over.

“Mine, I still can’t believe it, to be honest,” Greenway said. “What are you going to do? I don’t know if I could have shoved it any harder. We had great chances. Some of them found the net. Some of them didn’t.”

On the flip side, Svechnikov found the net in overtime with a shot that appeared to deflect off Jared Spurgeon’s stick before whistling past Devan Dubnyk.

“It’s hard anytime the puck is tipped,” Boudreau said. “I would think that he would like to have that one back. Let me put it that way.”

Still, the Wild left the game feeling good as a whole. Well, minus the part where they surrendered the early lead.

“We did a lot of great things,” Greenway said. “Maybe for five minutes, we didn’t play great. After that, honestly, we did a lot of great things. Sometimes we’re going to have the bounces. Sometimes we’re not.”


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