With the Wild’s 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the Garden on Saturday night, the Minnesota Wild were eliminated from the playoffs.
The Wild were the only team not to record a point in the first three games.
But the Wild were a tough team to beat, and it’s hard to imagine they’ll be back in the postseason for much longer.
“We had a good start.
We played good hockey,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said.
The Wild won the first two games, but Chicago beat them 2-1 in a shootout. “
It was important for us to get back in that zone, and they played some great hockey.”
The Wild won the first two games, but Chicago beat them 2-1 in a shootout.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped 28 shots in the victory.
“I thought we played better than our record would suggest,” Dubnyks coach Mike Yeo said.
He credited Boudsauss playcalling for the win.
“We got better in our zone, we got better on the penalty kill, and we played good,” Dubinsky said.
Boud’s team got off to a great start, but they didn’t get a break in the second period and were shut out again in regulation.
They got their first shot on goal in the third period, but the Wild missed a second-period chance.
“In the third, we gave them a good look on the rush, but couldn’t make it count,” Dubyks coach said.
Dubnyki gave up three goals on 14 shots in a 4-0 Wild win over the New York Islanders on Friday.
“He’s a tough player,” Dubeyks defenseman Andrew MacDonald said.
After losing the shootout, the Wild lost the shootout to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
The Sharks went ahead 1-0 in the opening period, with Dubnyka getting a rebound to beat him for a rebound on the power play.
“That’s the one area I really like his game, his competitiveness,” Sharks defenseman Justin Braun said.
That gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead in the game.
Dubya had two assists in the win over San Jose.
He made 13 saves in the loss.
The teams will meet again on Monday at the United Center in the NHL’s first meeting between the teams since Boudy was fired on May 31.