Parise, Wild getting tired of losing in overtime
The Minnesota Wild are an imposing team this season, winning 20 of 31 contests when the end of regulation signifies, you know, the end of the game.
But when more time is needed, Minnesota (21-11-8) has struggled to get it done - posting a 1-7 mark in overtime while losing its lone contest that ventured into a shootout. Forward Zach Parise, quite naturally, is getting tired of the same old story after watching the Wild rally from a two-goal deficit before dropping a 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
"We had good chances. That's been the theme for a majority of them. We get three or four good looks. And then we don't score. You're going to give up chances - that's what 3-on-3 is. We've been on the losing end of it a little too much - way too much, I guess. We haven't scored when we've had those rushes and those chances."
Parise scored to forge a 3-3 tie with 6:24 remaining in the third period for his team-leading 15th goal and fourth in two contests. The 31-year-old also had a point-blank chance in overtime, but ... well, you know.
Yeo said its hard to say you'd do anything differently in overtime tonight. Felt they dominated OT and were going to win #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) January 8, 2016
The Central Division is ultra-competitive this season and every point lost could mean the difference between a playoff spot and an early tee time.
Zucker: "We didn't get a win, so that's never a good feeling." #mnwild— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) January 8, 2016
The Wild reside in fourth place in the Central entering play on Friday, but had they emerged victorious in half of the eight contests they lost that spanned past regulation, they'd be tied with second-place Chicago (25-13-4).
With losses in three of its last four games (1-1-2), Minnesota looks to get back on track when it visits the Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars (29-10-4) on Saturday.