The Wild should just fast forward to the parade right now. It’s one thing to win in Vancouver and Detroit. But Dallas? American Airlines Center has been a pall hanging over the Wild’s tormented heads for 10 years. But Monday night, for the first time in 3,657 days, the Wild skated off that cursed ice as actual 7-4 victors over the former North Stars. “The Streak” is dead. The Wild, which won its sixth consecutive regulation game for the first time in history, won in Dallas for the first time since March 21, 2003, to end a 16-game winless streak. That’s two lockouts ago. Jonas Brodin was 9. Mike Yeo had a full head of hair. OK, not quite. “I was still in denial,” the Wild coach joked. “I’ve heard the last four buildings we’ve been in haven’t been good buildings. I’m wondering what happened before,” first-year Wild forward Zach Parise, laughing, said after his two-goal, three-point performance. “We’re overcoming some demons this year ... And that’s good.” After the Wild surrendered a one-goal lead in the third period, Kyle Brodziak scored Minnesota’s first shorthanded goal of the season for the eventual winner with 7 minutes, 22 second left. Brodziak’s fourth career shortie, followed by a tremendous penalty kill by him and his teammates, bailed out Mike Rupp. The veteran winger tried to lift Ray Whitney’s stick but instead clipped Whitney for a four-minute high-sticking penalty 20 seconds before. “I dodged a bullet. I owe [Brodziak] dinner. Stupid play by me,” Rupp said, smiling. “He doesn’t owe me anything,” Brodziak said. “He does enough for guys around here.” Dany Heatley and Pierre-Marc Bouchard iced it late as the Wild, which had season-high totals in goals and shots (42), improved to 15-5-1 in its past 21 to move back into the Northwest Division lead. “I bet the fans, they loved the game. I don’t think the goalies liked it,” joked Niklas Backstrom.
Wild ends hex in Texas
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Mar 26