Wild 3, Rangers 2
Two days after being banished to the press box as a healthy scratch, Sykora had a goal and to help Minnesota win for the first time in regulation this season, 3-2 over the New York
The game was originally billed as the return of
It ended up being Sykora’s redemption.
“I think Petr had something to prove,” Richards said. “I thought his battles in the corners, his battles for loose pucks, those are the things that were talked about.”
Sykora, who has scored 20 or more goals in each of the past 10 seasons, certainly got the
When asked about being benched against Nashville on Wednesday night, Sykora said simply, “Let’s not talk about it.” But he was certainly pleased with the outcome.
“I’m happy with what happened tonight,” Sykora said. “I prepared the same way. I played a little hockey with my boy before the game, before I came to the rink. I got a couple two, three goals against him and it carried over to the game.”
That is something the
“Petr’s a proven goal scorer, that’s his game,” said Minnesota’s
For a Minnesota team that entered the game having lost eight of its past 10, the victory – the first this season in which the
While the Minnesota players were somewhat disappointed by their lack of aggression in the third period and the fact that the
In the end, however, the
“We talked all day about trusting your teammates and believing in yourself,” said Miettinen, who broke a 20-game scoreless streak. “The biggest thing has probably been our confidence. Today we tried to build that and I think we came out good.”
“We go back to work, there’s no magic potion trying to get out of this here,”
NOTES: Sykora and first-year