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Video: Pens use four-goal third period to thump the Wild


David Perron had two goals and an assist while Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combined for five helpers in the Penguins 7-2 rout of the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night.

Paul Martin, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang each had a goal and an assist in the win.

Marcel Goc and Brandon Sutter also scored for Pittsburgh.

Jonas Brodin and Justin Fontaine had the Wild goals.

Minnesota has now gone six straight games without a win.

Wild defenseman Ryan Suter could be facing supplemental discipline for his elbow to the head of Penguins forward Steve Downie. Suter has a phone hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

Niklas Backstrom was pulled after allowing six goals on 35 shots. John Curry made one save in relief.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots to improve to 22-7-4 on the season.

Video: Letang’s goal ends Backstrom’s night early


Kris Letang gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-1 lead midway through the third period tonight.

Letang’s ninth of the season from David Perron and Sidney Crosby ended Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom’s night early.

Backstrom allowed six goals on 35 shots. John Curry came on in relief.

NHL on NBCSN: Crisis-mode Wild visit Penguins


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Minnesota Wild at the Consol Energy Center at 7:00 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The Minnesota Wild are baffled by their lack of success, going as far to admit that head coach Mike Yeo’s job might be on thin ice. The Pittsburgh Penguins serve as a serious challenge at a tough time, but perhaps that’s sometimes the best way to turn things around?

Yeo and Wild GM Chuck Fletcher have some roots with the Penguins organization, so there might be a wistful feeling considering Minnesota’s substantial struggles.

MORE: Jeremy Roenick says Yeo has to go

The Wild are currently on a five-game losing streak, which is their second five-game skid in a month. You can spend all day cutting up pieces of this meltdown for Minnesota; for another example, the Wild have dropped 11 of their last 13 contests.

The team seems perplexed as far as what exactly is going wrong, at least beyond the obvious problem that their goalies aren’t stopping enough pucks.

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On Pittsburgh’s end, things have been a little bumpy at times, though clearly not as dire as what Minnesota is going through. They won against the Montreal Canadiens in overtime on Saturday, but have struggled a bit recently, losing six of nine. They’re gearing up for an interesting test against the New York Islanders on Friday (not to mention another test versus the red-hot New York Rangers on Sunday).

Marc-Andre Fleury has been strong this season (21-7-4, .926 save percentage), and he’s shooting for a personal milestone tonight. points out that Fleury has beaten every NHL team aside from the Wild and has some ugly numbers against Minnesota (0-5, .853 save percentage).

One would think that Niklas Backstrom will be in Minnesota’s net, although considering his recent work, there’s always the chance the Wild will opt for someone else (perhaps John Curry?).

Either way, there’s little doubt which team will be more desperate tonight, yet that doesn’t mean that we can expect the Penguins to roll over for the Wild. It should be a fascinating scene to take in on NBCSN, so be sure to tune in.

For all we know, we may just witness the end of Yeo’s days with the Wild.

Backstrom (illness) out vs. Philly


Niklas Backstrom, who was supposed to get the start against Philadelphia tonight, is a late scratch due to an illness the Minnesota Wild announced.

The club recalled John Curry from the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild on an emergency basis Tuesday.

Darcy Kuemper will get the start versus the Flyers. Kuemper, who is 11-9-0 this season with a 2.56 G.A.A. and a .903 save percentage, has been pulled from his last five home starts.

Kuemper to dress, back up for first time in series


The Minnesota Wild will get some reinforcements into the lineup for tonight’s Game 6 against the Blackhawks, as goalie Darcy Kuemper will dress and back up Ilya Bryzgalov for the first time this series.

Kuemper, who started five games in the opening round against Colorado, suffered an upper-body injury in Game 7 against the Avs and has been held out of action ever since. Journeyman John Curry has dressed as Bryzgalov’s backup through the first five games of the Chicago series, but has yet to see any action.

Kuemper, 24, had played very well prior to getting hurt, going 3-1-1 with a 2.03 GAA and .913 save percentage, recording one shutout.

As for the Wild, tonight’s game will mark the third time this postseason they’ve faced elimination… and the first with Bryzgalov starting. In Game 6 of the opening round, Kuemper stopped 21 of 23 shots for the win, then made 17 saves on 21 shots in Game 7 before Bryzgalov came in and finished things off.