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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

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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.

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“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.

Source: FoxNews.com

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