ST. PAUL, Minn. In coming back to win two straight home games, the Minnesota Wild overcame two-goal deficits thanks to gritty, confident finishes.
Minnesota tempted fate again Monday against the St. Louis Blues and received a valuable lesson. The Wild can't afford any letdown in this shortened season with every game filled with playoff implications.
St. Louis held their two-goal lead in the third period and extended it late in a 4-1 win and had Minnesota forward Zach Parise thinking about his first few games in a Wild sweater.
"We were flat," Parise said. "We got what we deserved. We didn't play well at all. It was pretty similar to the team that we started the season, that's the type of game we played tonight. Not competitive, too many turnovers, and we got away from that for a while and that's when we started to win. Tonight, it's kind of crept into our game. I think the last few games we've gotten away with it. Tonight, against a team like that, you're not going to."