Minnesota Wild Drop St. Patrick’s Day Game to the Carolina Hurricanes

March 17th, 2012 by Tim Meehan Leave a reply »
The Minnesota Wild held a 3-2 lead over the Carolina Hurricanes going into the third period at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

It was not enough, as the Hurricanes scored three third-period goals to surge past the floundering Wild, who have lost eight of their last nine games.

While it is certainly difficult for Wild fans to watch the team give up a lead in the third period and lose to the 14th place team in the Eastern Conference, there is certainly some good that will come from this loss.

Given that the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders play later today, the loss has dropped the Wild into the fourth-worst record in the NHL. If the game between the Islanders and Canadiens goes into overtime with the Islanders managing to win in overtime, the Wild would then have the third-worst record in the NHL.

Since the Wild led the NHL until the middle of December, this is certainly a tough pill for the Wild to swallow. However, given the Wild's need for top-six forwards, the down spiral should work out in their favor.

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