‘Off-kilter’ Wild move on from loss to Blues; Spurgeon fined
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild fell behind St. Louis early. Then they fell into a pattern of frustration-fueled gaffes in a 4-0 loss to open their playoff series. Even Jared Spurgeon, a perennial Lady Byng award candidate for sportsmanship, took one of the Wild’s five penalties in the third period. He cross-checked Pavel Buchnevich and was fined $5,000 by the NHL.
“We need to improve on special teams. We played well when we were playing five-on-five, but we can’t afford to make mistakes the way we did. We watched the film and we know where we need to make changes and we will address those breakdowns,” said Dean Evason, Wild head coach.
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Minnesota will host St. Louis on Wednesday night in Game 2. The puck will drop around 8:40 p.m.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.