ST. PAUL Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley was all alone behind Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason. Matt Cullen fired the puck down to a waiting Heatley, who had a wide-open net and a chance to put Minnesota ahead, 2-1, in the second period.
Heatley's stick then broke and another Wild scoring chance was missed. Unfortunately it's been a familiar story for Minnesota, which has been searching for offense and had coach Mike Yeo pleading for his players to take generate more shots after Thursday's loss to Vancouver.
The Wild put shots on goal on Saturday. But like Heatley's golden opportunity, Minnesota couldn't find the back of the net enough to avoid its fourth straight loss.
"Stick breaks; it was that kind of night," Yeo said. "What can you say? Having said that, our guys played a strong game. We gave ourselves every opportunity to win that game. That's why it's a long season, because in one game you might not get what you deserve, but if you continue to do that, then...