Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask stole the game in the first half of the game. Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle had a semi-breakaways, but could not beat the Bruins goaltender.
Rask also robbed Koivu with a glove save in the second period that kept the game scoreless.
The Wild (35-23-10) had opportunities throughout the game, but as they say, “they ran into another hot goaltender.” However, the Wild should not continue using the opposing goaltender as an excuse. At some point, you have to look at yourself and find out what you are not doing well.
The Wild have finished no better than eighth worst in the league in scoring since Mike Yeo took over as head coach, including a league-worst 2.02 goals per game in 2010-11. This season, the Wild are 29th with 2.32 goals per game. Despite adding Zach Parise, Mikael Granlund, Pominville, Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle and Matt Moulson, the Wild are on pace to score just 24.6 more goals than in Yeo’s first season.
The Wild’s scoring woes have never been more present than the past week. They have scored just four goals in the last three games, dating back to Thursday’s loss to the New York Rangers.
The Bruins (46-17-5) broke through, despite getting outplayed, when Jarome Iginla fluttered a shot between Darcy Kuemper’s legs. Kuemper lost sight of the puck and did not see it until it was dropping between his legs. The Wild’s goaltender appeared to get fooled by the partially blocked shot and thought the shot was heading toward the corner. Unfortunately, while he was looking in the wrong direction, the puck floated its way toward the goal.
The Wild started to get some momentum back before the Bruins had a long shift in the Wild’s end. The shift became longer when Kyle Brodziak turned the puck over inside the blue line and the Bruins moved the puck behind the net. Carl Soderberg centered to Loui Eriksson for a tap-in backdoor goal to give the Bruins a two-goal lead.
Jason Pominville scored his team-leading 26th goal of the season with a slap shot from the top of the circles while on a partial breakaway to get the Wild within one goal.
The Wild carried the momentum over into the third period, but Reilly Smith knocked a a rebound into the open net behind Kuemper.
No. 3 - Jarome Iginla. The Bruins forward scored two goals.
No. 2 - Jason Pominville. The Wild forward scored a goal.
No. 1 - Tuukka Rask. The Bruins goaltender stopped 33 shots.
Minnesota……0 1 0 - 1
Boston…..……0 2 2 - 4
First Period - None. Penalties - Meszaros, BOS (tripping), 4:50.
Second Period - 1, Boston, Iginla 24 (Bartkowski, Meszaros), 3:52. 2, Boston, Eriksson 8 (Soderberg), 11:55. 3, Minnesota, Pominville 26 (Suter, Granlund), 18:34. Penalties - None.
Third Period - 4, Boston, Smith 19 (Bergeron, Chara), 7:50. 5, Boston, Iginla 25 (Chara), 18:55 (en). Penalties - None.
Shots on goal - Minnesota 10-8-16 34. Boston 8-11-10 29.
Goalies - Minnesota, Kuemper (25-28). Boston, Rask (33-34). Referees - Ghislain Hebert, Francois St. Laurent. Linesmen - Shane Heyer, Tony Sericolo.