Wild returns to the track with an impressive 4-2 win over the Bruins

The last time the Wild beat the Boston Bruins, the hard-fought win snatched them out of a wicked funk and they won 10-of-12 amid arguably the best stretch of the season.

No doubt the Wild are hoping for history to repeat itself after they pulled off an impressive 4-2 win over the Bruins at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday night.

It was a clinical wilderness defense effort, a noticeable change after looking so porous for most of the last month. Whether it was Cam Talbot who ended up making a series of big saves or his teammates selling to block shots in front of him, the Wild looked like the team many considered contenders for the Stanley Cup.

It was a good start for the Wild as they took the lead for a change.

A few days after leading the call and telling reporters he needed to do more amid a midseason swoon, Kirill Kaprizov immediately led the Savages 1-0 with a snipe on the power play. He continued the walk later in the first half with a breakaway goal to extend the lead to 2-0.

Think of it as revenge for Kaprizov after what happened the last time the Savages and the Bruins met. In that matchup a few months ago, Kaprizov left the game early after absorbing a dirty hit from Trent Frederic down the boards.

Unsurprisingly, Brandon Duhaime had Frederic to blame for his actions in the rematch. Both players dropped the gloves midway through the first third in a heavyweight bout that would have made Muhammad Ali proud.

While that made the announced crowd of 17,956 loud, Craig Smith reassured them late in the first half by scoring a goal to help the Bruins reduce the deficit to 2-1.

That result lasted until early in the second half when Brad Marchand leveled the Bruins 2-2 with a snipe by Cam Talbot.

As the Wild made a push in the third half, Jordan Greenway scored as diligent a goal as only anyone will ever see to make it 3-2 in the Wild’s favour. . After nearly scoring 10 seconds earlier, Greenway stayed in the middle of a massive scrum in front of Jeremy Swayman, eventually hitting a puck into back net.

That proved to be the difference and Ryan Hartman added an empty net to end the score 4-2.

Now the Key to the Wild builds on that dynamic. They host rival Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon.

https://www.twincities.com/2022/03/16/wild-get-back-on-track-with-impressive-4-2-win-over-bruins/ Wild returns to the track with an impressive 4-2 win over the Bruins

Jessica MacLeish

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