ST. PAUL -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has heeded warning over the last 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 earlier this week. “There’s no doubt about it.”
He doubled down on his sentiments in the time leading up to 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 refused to listen, digging themselves another hole before suffering a 4-3 overtime loss.
After a back-and-forth affair, winger Andrei Svechnikov played hero for the Hurricanes, netting the game-winner with a wrist shot from the right circle.
It was an unfortunate end for the Wild, though it’s hard to feel too bad for them after they fell behind 2-0 for fifth time in the last six games.
It happened fast on this particular day, as the Hurricanes got goals from defenseman Joel Edmundson and winger Brock McGinn in the first period to take a commanding 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.
After looking abysmal on the power play for a majority of the the game, the Wild got a shorthanded goal from Zach Parise to make it 3-2 and take some of the edge off.
It came on the heels 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 game at 3-3 with the first goal of his career.
That put the Wild in business heading into the third period and they almost took the lead on a few occasions 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 during the final frame, as shots from Joel Eriksson Ek and Jordan Greenway floated ever so close to the goal line without going over.
That paved the way for overtime and Svechnikov ended the game with a snipe that Devan Dubnyk probably should’ve stopped.