The Wild had come from their self-anointed State of Hockey that’s Minnesota while the Rangers were simply in a state of confusion midway through the first period, already trailing 1-0 and fortunate to be down by only one goal after 10 minutes of appalling defensive zone play.
But then the Blueshirts received a spirited and effective shift down low from the Carl Hagelin-J.T. Miller-Benoit Pouliot third line that concluded with Hagelin drawing a penalty beneath the goal line. And though the ensuing power play failed to click, the ice had tilted inexorably in favor of — gasp — the home team.
“I think that was my second shift,” Hagelin, who had been under-utilized by coach Alain Vigneault, told The Post following the Blueshirts’ 4-1 victory in which he recorded the go-ahead 2-1 goal in the second period and led the forwards with 17:06 of ice.
“Playing down low and being able to draw penalties has always been a big part of my game,” he said. “We got another power play a few minutes la...