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Wild arrive late due to traffic, beat Devils 3-2 in shootout

Wild are late to the traffic jam and defeat Devils in shootout 3-2


The Minnesota Wild didn’t let a traffic jam slow them down against the New Jersey Devils.

Kevin Fiala was the shootout’s only goal, Cam Talbot saved 42 shots and Wednesday night the Wild defeated the Devils 3-1 after they arrived late at the arena.

The Wild was stuck in Manhattan holiday traffic with the Holland Tunnel closing. They finally reached Prudential Center, New Jersey, at 6:26 p.m. and pushed back the game’s start time 24 minutes to 7 :33 p.m.

“In my opinion, it’s a little irresponsible on their part,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said.

It was not a problem for the visitors team as they endured a 2-1/2-hour journey by bus from their hotel to the arena.


“I came in and tried to understand the situation. You can just go out and do what you can. And that’s all you can do in a game like that, a situation like this,” Talbot said. So that’s my mentality going into the game and tonight I feel that I can execute it.

Minnesota had two goals in the first period before the Devils overcome a deficit of 2-0 to force overtime.

Dmitry Kulikov assisted on Ryan Hartman’s goal to open the scoring 12:10 into the first period and give the Wild a 1-0 lead. Nico Strum’s goal at 19:06 made it 2-0 at intermission.

Pavel Zacha’s goal at 3:08 made it 2-1 for the Devils.

New Jersey was tied at the top with six skaters, when Yegor Sharangovich made it 2-all.

Two-game skid by the Wild was overturned and they remain at the top in Central Division.

Mackenzie Blackwood had 27 saves during the loss. In the loss, the Devils had 0-4 on their power play. Talbot also saved three times in the third.

We did have some good looks. Ruff stated that there were a few who made it difficult on the entry. “We made some tough decisions, but that’s stuff that we’re just going to continue to keep working on. We hit a post with a power player. I believe we also hit an open net in a power play. We’ve just got to keep believing that if we keep working at it, it’s going to get better.”’

In shootouts, the Devils were ranked 1-3 by Wild while they improved to 2-1.

NOTES: Chase De Leo from New Jersey made his Devils debut. He played 9 shifts and 5:15.

Up Next

Wild: Winnipeg Jets will host the Wild on Friday afternoon.

On Friday, the Nashville Predators host Devils.


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