The Wild scored first for the first time all season, then hung on to victory to ruin a Vancouver homecoming celebration.
The Wild was off to a 4-0 start before Sunday's loss to Nashville. Victor Rask was a healthy scratch Tuesday to make room for former Gophers standout Rem Pitlick.
The Chicago Blackhawks mishandled allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player during the team's Stanley Cup run in 2010, according to an investigation commissioned by the franchise that cast a shadow over the NHL on Tuesday.
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The talented Russian forward still faces a learning curve but seems well-suited to handle it, and the results show.
Wild fans have to prove their loyalty a minimum of 41 times, with the largest share of those on cold, dark nights of winter here in our Frozen Wasteland. Yes, they're even better than Vikings fans.
Despite a nearby tragedy 10 days earlier, St. Paul and Xcel Energy Center were buzzing, and the home team won.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba's third-period goal was the eventual game-winner.
Rem Pitlick will make his Wild debut, and Joel Eriksson-Ek is back with Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello.
The team's leading scorer since he arrived in 2019, Kevin Fiala has improved his defensive play and gained more trust of coach Dean Evason.
The Canucks started the season with six road games, and are 3-2-1 heading into their home opener.
Solid defense doesn't make for great highlights, but the Vikings, Gophers, Wolves, Wild and Loons all have that in common right now.