Wild get back on track with impressive 4-2 win over Bruins

Wild get back on track with impressive 4-2 win over Bruins

The last time the Wild beat the Boston Bruins, the hard-fought victory snapped them out of a nasty funk, and they went on to win 10 of 12 amid arguably the best stretch of the season.

No doubt the Wild are hoping history repeats itself after earning an impressive 4-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center.

It was a clinical defensive effort from the Wild, a noticeable change after looking so porous for much of the past month. Whether it was Cam Talbot coming up with a number of big saves down the stretch, or his teammates selling out to block shots in front of him, the Wild looked like the team that many considered a Stanley Cup contender not too long ago.

It was a good start for the wild as they jumped out to a lead for a change.

A couple of days after talking the talk, telling reporters he had to do more amid a midseason swoon, Kirill Kaprizov promptly the Wild in front 1-0 with a snipe on the power play. He continued walking the walk later in the first period with a breakaway goal to stretch the lead 2-0.

Think of it as revenge of Kaprizov after what happened the last time the Wild and Bruins met. In that matchup a couple of months, Kaprizov left the game early after absorbing a dirty hit from Trent Frederic along the boards.

Not surprisingly, Brandon Duhaime made Frederic answer for his actions in the rematch. Both players dropped the gloves midway through the first period in a heavyweight bout that would’ve made Muhammad Ali proud.

While that got the announced crowd of 17,956 loud, Craig Smith quieted them down late in the first period, scoring a goal to help the Bruins cut the deficit to 2-1.

That score held until early in the second period where Brad Marchand pulled the Bruins even at 2-2 with a snipe through Cam Talbot.

With the Wild making a push in the third period, Jordan Greenway scored as hardworking of a goal as anyone will ever see to make it 3-2 in favor of the Wild. , After nearly scoring 10 seconds prior, Greenway stuck with it amid a massive scrum in front of Jeremy Swayman, then finally whacked a puck into the back of the net.

That proved to be the difference and Ryan Hartman added an empty-netter to finalize the score at 4-2.

Now the key for the wild is building on this momentum. They host the rival Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon.


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