NHL Game Summary - Boston at Minnesota|
(Sunday, February 19th)
Final Score: Minnesota 2, Boston 0
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Niklas Backstrom made a career-high 48 saves
for his fourth shutout of the season as Minnesota snapped a seven-game losing
streak with a 2-0 win over Boston at Xcel Energy Center.
Matt Cullen and Chad Rau scored for the Wild, who also snapped a five-game
losing skid at home.
Tim Thomas was tagged with both goals on 29 shots for the Bruins, who have
dropped three of their last four.
"We're just shooting it right back into the goaltender. ... That's what
happens when things aren't going your way," Bruins head coach Claude Julien
After a scoreless first period that saw Backstrom turn away 14 shots and
Thomas stop 12, the Wild scored twice in the middle stanza.
"[Backstrom] was outstanding tonight, especially early in the game," Wild head
coach Mike Yeo said. "To make those saves early gives us a lot of confidence
the rest of the way."
The first goal came at the 10:15 mark by Rau, who was recalled from Houston
prior to the game. He skated into the Boston end down the left wing and looked
off to his right before blindly snapping a shot on net that beat Thomas to the
Skating on the power play, the Wild took a 2-0 lead as Cullen fanned on his
first shot from the slot on the rush, but stayed with the puck and his second
attempt from the inside left circle sailed past Thomas with 4:30 left in the
Backstrom had to stand on his head in the third period as he turned aside all
22 shots he faced in the frame for the 26th shutout of his career.
The Wild play in Florida on Thursday...The Bruins continue their six-game road
trip in St. Louis on Wednesday...Minnesota has won five of the last six games
against Boston...Rau was recalled from Minnesota's American Hockey League
affiliate on Sunday after the NHL suspended forward Warren Peters for one
game. The suspension stems from a cross check to the head of St. Louis' David
Backes late in the third period of a 4-0 loss on Saturday. Peters was issued a
major penalty for cross-checking and a game misconduct.
02/19 23:25:38 ET