Weary Minnesota Wild swerves through holiday traffic, New Jersey Devils take a two-game losing streak

NEWARK, NJ — The night before Thanksgiving is a traffic nightmare in many metropolitan areas, but nowhere could it be worse than New York City.

NS New Jersey Devil knew it, and had been in their game for several hours on Wednesday night. NS Minnesota Wild, New Jersey’s rival, didn’t and didn’t.

But they won.

After a 24 minute delay in the first period – due to Wild’s congested trip to New Jersey from Manhattan – Minnesota exited with a 3-2 penalty shootout win in it. Kevin Fiala scored the only goal in extra time.

It was essential, as Wild ended a road trip by finishing sliding two games, staying atop Central Division along the way.

Cam Talbot made 42 saves, and saved the hosts in extra time and penalties after the Reds finished the game with two goals in the third half.

With the Dutch Tunnel closed, Wild had to find alternative routes to the Prudential Centre, which was not an easy thing to do the night before the holiday. The team bus didn’t arrive until 6:26pm and the start time was pushed back to 7:33pm

“We took a beautiful, beautiful street in New York City,” continued Minnesota Marcus Foligno speak.

While Wild can be happy with this going forward, it doesn’t particularly suit the home team.

“My opinion is they’re a bit irresponsible,” said New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff.

But Minnesota appeared fresh from the start, scoring two goals in the early stages before the Reds turned up. Dmitry Kulikov, a former defender of Devils, assisted Ryan HartmanThe goal opened the scoring at 12:10 of the first half and gave Wild a 1-0 lead. Nico Strum scored at 19:06, making it 2-0 on the first pause.

“What is it like,” said Sturm. “At some point on the bus, we accepted the fact that it would be.”

Demons lead in the first half in the third when Pavel Zacha scored to make it 2-1 at 3:08. And New Jersey tied it up with six ice skaters when Yegor Sharangovich scored at 18:53 to make it 2-2.

Minnesota Coach Dean Evason didn’t play along with his post-game availability, when asked about the delay. Clearly expecting the question, he stuck to what had happened on the ice.

“First, it didn’t matter. It happened. When the ball dropped, it didn’t matter what the hell happened before, and it didn’t happen,” Evason said. “We loved our start. Loved our start. But we didn’t love too much after that. Because we didn’t manage the game.”

Mackenzie Blackwood made 27 saves in the loss to New Jersey. The Red Devils were trailing 0 to 4 thanks to a strong play, including a two-man advantage in the third half, when Talbot made three saves.

“We ask for our goal scorer,” said Evason. “If he’s not doing what he’s doing, that’s a different story out there.”

The Reds have lost 1-3 in penalty shootouts this season, but they have points in three of their last four, and the scoreline is 8-5-4 over the break.

“We talked about this, and we have a team that doesn’t give up,” said Ruff. “I think we all feel there’s some point away from us tonight.”

Meanwhile, The Wild is leading by 3 points compared to the rest of the Central region and with a score of 6-3-1 in the last 10 matches.

“The circumstances weren’t ideal as of tonight obviously,” Talbot said. “Not a ton of time to prepare. But give our boys a lot of credit.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/32710793/weary-minnesota-wild-overcome-holiday-traffic-new-jersey-devils-snap-two-game-losing-streak Weary Minnesota Wild swerves through holiday traffic, New Jersey Devils take a two-game losing streak

Subhankar Mondal

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