Wild first period woes come to an end

By Jamie MacDonald

November 14, 2010

Hockey games aren’t often won in the first period, but as the Wild proved in two previous outings before Sunday, they can be lost. On Friday and Saturday, Minnesota spotted each opponent a pair of goals in back-to-back losses. On Sunday in sunny Tampa, the Wild scored first and went on to a 4-1 win over the Lightning.

The win, as has been the case lately, did not come without its blemishes. Minnesota was outshot 38-18, and there were more defensive breakdowns than anyone would like to see. Still, the Wild received a 37-save effort from Niklas Backstrom, and the team managed to play well enough to keep Tampa Bay from scoring more than one goal.