ST. PAUL, Minn. Returning home from a pair of road losses, the Minnesota Wild believed their chance to pull out of their mini slump existed in Thursday night's game against the Northwest Division rival Vancouver Canucks.
Defenseman Ryan Suter said the heading in Thursday's contest against division-leading Vancouver was, "It's a playoff game." Minnesota then put up only three shots on goal in a sluggish third period and lost 4-1 to the Canucks.
"That was the whole talk before, everybody, we were all saying, It's a playoff game,'" Suter said after the game. "And we came out dead. There's no excuse for that. I said it earlier, when things aren't going well, you can't have slow starts. You can't even take one shift off."
Frustration was apparent in the Wild locker room after the game, the third straight loss in a shortened 48-game season in which Minnesota can't afford to fall too deep in the Western Conference standings. Eight days ago, the Wild were coming off an overtime win at home...