Paul Fenton is willing to wait 1½ years for Russian forward.
North Score: The Wild entered Wednesday with the third-best points percentage in the NHL. Let's look at three reasons the team has been successful.
It was the team's first regulation defeat on home ice after starting 5-0-2 and then playing on the road for more than two weeks.
Following its first regulation home defeat of the season—a 5-2 loss to Washington on Tuesday — the Wild continues a three-game home stand against the Canucks.
Give Bruce Boudreau depth, and he can do damage to opponents. He's rolling four quality lines that might not have existed had Paul Fenton made a splashy trade over the summer.
Since Washington's journey culminated in its first championship last summer, the Wild is hopeful a similar outcome can happen to it since it's following the same script.
Sarah McLellan recaps the 5-2 loss to the Capitals in her Wild wrap-up.
Coach Bruce Boudreau discusses the 5-2 loss to the Capitals.
Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov scored twice and added an assist.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk remained in the game after getting bowled over following the Capitals' second goal.
The Washington Capitals thumped the Wild 5-2 on Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center.
Joel Eriksson Ek secured his first point of the season — an assist — in his 100th career game Friday against the Ducks. On Sunday, he picked up a goal.
The Wild is back at Xcel Energy Center to host the Capitals on Tuesday after going 5-2 on a seven-game road swing.
Not only are the Capitals the reigning champs, but they're poised to get forward Tom Wilson back in the lineup after his 20-game suspension was reduced.
Continuing to climb won't be easy for the Wild. Its first test back at home Tuesday is against superstar Alex Ovechkin and the reigning Stanley-Cup champion Capitals.
After compiling a 5-2 record during a string of seven consecutive road games, the Wild returns home for three in a row, beginning with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
At 11-4-2, the Wild sits second in the Western Conference and third in the NHL. Its 24 points are the most in franchise history through 17 games.
A look back at Sunday afternoon's game.
The Wild went 5-2 on the longest road trip in team history.
Coach Bruce Boudreau discusses the 3-2 win over the Blues.