ST. PAUL Minnesota Wild rookie goaltender Matt Hackett was coming off back-to-back starts in which he allowed four goals after a stellar opening to his NHL career.
Yet, he received the call again by coach Mike Yeo to start Tuesday night against the streaking Dallas Stars. As impressive as his first six games in a Minnesota uniform were, Tuesday might have been a truer indication of what type of goaltender Hackett is going to be for the Wild. Coming off two subpar outings and going against a quality team could at least demonstrate the mental makeup of the goaltender that is consistently ranked among Minnesota's top prospects.
Hackett did just what Yeo expected, recovering to make made 24 saves in a 1-0 loss to Dallas on Tuesday. In 10 games, he has a .934 save percentage, a 2.06 goals-against average and a 3-4-0 record.
"He's a pretty calm kid," Yeo said. "There were periods in that game where he wasn't really challenged too much, but there were other t...