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Bruce Boudreau: ‘We stunk in the first, we better come back in the second — holy crap’


Those thinking that perhaps Bruce Boudreau would wax poetic about his team’s second period comeback against Winnipeg would be mistaken.

The Minnesota Wild were down 4-0 early in the second period to the Jets before coming all the way back to tie the game before the middle period was up, thanks to four goals in just over 10 minutes.

In the end, the Wild still lost after giving up a third-period goal to Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey and not being able to beat goalie Michael Hutchinson for the equalizer in the final seconds.

Boudreau met with reporters post-game and, well, he wasn’t in any way happy or positive about the developments Sunday. Minnesota has now lost five in a row and eight of 10 games this month, falling out of first place in the Central Division.

Asked about his team’s resiliency, the coach offered this response: “Hey, listen: We stunk in the first period. We better come back in the second. Holy crap. It’s not resiliency. You’re making it sound like we’re good. That’s — I’m done.”

The Wild host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

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Wild can’t complete the comeback, lose fifth straight


The shots favored the Wild. The puck possession numbers favored the Wild. The result on the score board, however, did not favor the Wild.

Minnesota has now lost five in a row and is only 2-8 this month following a 5-4 defeat to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. Their recent slump combined with the fact Chicago is putting together plenty of positive results of late has pushed the Wild five points back of first place in the Central Division.

The Blackhawks are playing tonight, so their advantage could stretch to seven points.

This had the makings of a complete disaster for the Wild, after they fell behind by four goals before this game was even 25 minutes old.

Devan Dubnyk had given up four goals on eight shots but was kept in the net to battle through his struggles.

Minnesota suddenly sparked a comeback. The Wild turned the tide with four goals in the span of 10:24, eliminating their deficit and getting back onto even terms before the end of the second period in which they completely dominated the Jets.

The Wild’s offensive outbreak forced the Jets to make a goalie change, with Michael Hutchinson coming off the bench to replace Connor Hellebuyck and stopping all 13 shots he faced in the third period, as the furious comeback attempt fell short.

Hutchinson made a spectacular save with only seconds remaining in regulation to secure the win.

Josh Morrissey scored to give Winnipeg the lead and eventually the win.

“We’re not executing properly … it’s something we’ve got to clean up and be better. We’ve got to be better prepared for Tuesday,” said Eric Staal.

The Wild are back home for their next three games. They host the San Jose Sharks, the Pacific Division leaders, on Tuesday.

Flames sign goalie prospect, U.S. world junior champion Tyler Parsons to entry-level deal

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Busy day for the Calgary Flames.

Micheal Ferland is out of the lineup tonight and now under observation for mumps. Curtis Lazar, acquired at the deadline, could make his debut. And the organization got some work done, signing prospect goalie Tyler Parsons to a three-year entry level contract.

The Flames selected Parsons in the second round, 54th overall, of last year’s NHL Draft. This year marks his third season with the OHL’s London Knights.

He currently has a .924 save percentage, which is a regular season career high for him with the Knights, who currently have a record of 46-15-3-4 and have qualified for the post-season.

Familiar territory for Parsons and the Knights. Last year, he backstopped a talented London team to a Memorial Cup title, with a .925 save percentage in the playoffs.

Parsons was also the gold-medal winning goalie for Team USA at this year’s world junior tournament, stopping all five shots he faced in the deciding shootout to best Canada in the finale and posting a .917 save percentage in five games during the competition.

“I love the pressure. I’ve played in a lot of high-pressure games. I love it. It makes me play better. I knew what I had to do. I had to stop the puck to win that gold medal,” he told the Detroit Free Press after winning the gold.

“The whole time in the shoot-out I was thinking in my head, ‘If I let in a goal, we’re losing the gold medal.’ I made sure that wasn’t going to happen. Stopped all five guys.”

Flames announce Micheal Ferland under observation for mumps

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The Calgary Flames will be without Micheal Ferland tonight when they face the L.A. Kings.

The Flames announced Sunday that Ferland is now under observation for the mumps, a disease which has affected members of the Canucks and Wild this season, following an outbreak during the 2014-15 campaign.

The 24-year-old Ferland, known more for his abrasive physical style, is having a career year offensively with the Flames, setting new personal bests for goals (14) and points (21) in a single season.

With a win today, the Flames can move ahead of Edmonton and back into third in the Pacific Division. Meanwhile, the Kings are six points back of Nashville for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.

With Ferland out, it appears Curtis Lazar could make his Flames debut tonight, after being acquired from Ottawa at the trade deadline.

Sharks recall prized prospect Meier, O’Regan after Hansen hurt vs. Ducks

The Sharks made some roster moves Sunday, following Saturday’s loss that included trade deadline acquisition Jannik Hansen leaving the game with an apparent injury.

The day after their defeat to the rival Anaheim Ducks, which has made the race for the Pacific Division lead just a little more interesting late in the season, the Sharks recalled forwards Timo Meier and Danny O’Regan, per CSN Bay Area.

As of right now, there hasn’t been any clear update on the status or condition of Hansen, who was hurt midway through the third period. He didn’t return to the game.

Selected ninth overall in 2015, Meier has spent time between the Sharks and their AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda. In 32 games this season in the minors, he has 12 goals and 21 points, while scoring three goals and five points in 26 games with the NHL club.

O’Regan, 23, is putting together a very productive season, 52 points in 54 games, with the Barracuda as a first-year professional.

Hansen was acquired from the beleaguered Vancouver Canucks, and began his tenure with the Sharks by being placed on the top line — reportedly at the recommendation of his former teammates Daniel and Henrik Sedin.