No respite for the exhausted Savages


“It feels like we are Toon’s team in the first half,” he said. “We need Jordan’s special juice, a special drink because it looks like we’re going down.”

In the movie, Michael Jordan’s cartoon team rallied for an unlikely victory, but it was a movie. The Wild have a real problem, especially with Metro leader Washington, who comes into town for a 7 p.m. puck face-off Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Bruins in Boston on Thursday night despite playing without regulars Cam Talbot, Joel Eriksson Ek, Jared Spurgeon, Jordan Greenway, Nick Bjugstad and Brandon Duhaime. Midway through the second period, the Wild lost point guard Kirill Kaprizov to an upper body injury.

Neither player trained on a short rotation on Friday at the TRIA rink. Marcus Filigno was also absent, but for “upkeep,” coach Dean Evason said. He should play against the Capitals.

“It was good to end that losing streak,” Dumba said, “and I hope we can come together with that.”

Still, the Wild will have their hands full against Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals.

“We have adversity in our camp now, obviously, with a lot of different situations, but everyone in the National Hockey League has it,” said Wild coach Dean Evason. “Everyone has been through difficult situations, you have to face them and you try to make the most of them. “

Luckily for Minnesota, after Saturday’s game, the Wild won’t play until Jan. 14.

Recruit rate

The Wild have called rookies Matt Boldy, Marco Rossi and Connor Dewar from AHL Iowa for Thursday’s game.

“It didn’t look out of place at all,” Evason said.

Boldy, a left winger from Boston College, had four shots on goal and scored in his NHL debut. Rossi finished with two shots and one blocked shot.

“They’re preparing them over there in Iowa,” Evason said. “When everyone decides to come, we hope to make this smart move to get them to the National Hockey League. (Boldy and Rossi) were both last night.

Still, Evason kept his highest praise for Dewar, a 5-foot-10 center playing his fifth game in the NHL. He scored his first point with an assist after winning a draw to start Nico Sturm’s goal, which gave the Wild a 3-1 lead early in the third period.

“Dewar probably had the best game of all,” said Evason.

“It’s nice,” Dewar said. “Everyone here is very complimentary of you and that helps build your self-confidence. It helps to have their support.

Briefly

Veteran defenseman Jonas Brodin returned to COVID protocol alignment on Thursday and got the second assist on Boldy’s goal. Brodin also got the second assist on Matt Dumba’s first NHL goal in 2014. “It’s kind of crazy how this can happen so many years later,” Dumba said.


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