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MINNESOTA WILD

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Now the 2021-22 Minnesota Wild will be remembered similarly to many of their predecessors: a regular-season team that flamed out far too early in the postseason.
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For the Wild, the hope is that Boldy’s goal sparks his entire line moving forward.
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The result guaranteed that the Wild will have to come back to St. Louis next week.
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After getting shut out in Game 1, the Wild responded with a big win over the Blues in Game 2.

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The response started with Kirill Kaprizov. Who else would it be? He lifted the Wild from the depths of despair late in the first period with a goal to cut the deficit to 3-1. That stretched Kaprizov’s season total to 42 goals, tying him with Marian Gaborik and Eric Staal for the franchise record.
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There are 16 games left in the season and Kaprizov has already matched Gaborik’s total of 83 points.
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In a separate move, the Wild traded goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen to the San Jose Sharks.
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The 24-year-old has racked up 30 goals, 43 assists, and 73 points with 24 games to play.
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A first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft out of the University of North Dakota, the 24-year-old Jost has 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 59 games this season.
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Frederick Gaudreau scored in his second straight game for the Wild, who have lost 5-of-6 and finished 1-3 on their road trip.

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The Wild improved to 8-0-1 in their last 9 games
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It’s fitting that Talbot gets to start the game in which Lundqvist gets his No. 30 jersey retired at Madison Square Garden.
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Usually a mainstay at U.S. Bank Stadium for Vikings home games, fans at the Xcel Energy Center busted out the “Skol” chant on Saturday night.

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