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The move by Minnesota
04-22-2019, 05:18 AM,
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The move by Minnesota
ST. PAUL , Minn. (AP) — Wild coach Bruce Boudreau to put Charlie Coyle at center between Zach Parise and Nino Niederreiter is paying off.Niederreiter scored twice, Ryan Suter had three assists and Devan Dubnyk finished with 30 saves as the Wild defeated the Florida Panthers 5-1 on Thursday night.Eric Staal, Zach Parise and Jonas Brodin also scored for Minnesota, which was coming off a 7-1 win over Montreal on Tuesday. Niederreiter added an assist and has four goals in the last three games.With captain Mikko Koivu injured and the Wild having lost five of six games, Boudreau had to make a move.“Sometimes you just mix it up and out comes something good,” Boudreau said of the line’s instant production. “I don’t know. I think Charlie skates much more in the center than he does on the wings. He’s tireless, so I think that’s a positive thing. Nino’s getting his confidence and Zach is playing well.”The line combined for three goals against Montreal, and the three were on the ice for four of the five goals Thursday in their second game together.Niederreiter, who opened the season without a goal in 14 games and had just three through 28 games San Jose Sharks T-Shirts Authentic , scored for the third straight contest as the Wild erased another early deficit.“Nino and Charlie are playing really, really well right now and it’s a fun line to be on,” Parise said. “We’re having fun. They’re buzzing. We’re moving our feet. We’re talking all the time and we’re getting the results right now.”Denis Malgin scored his second goal of the season for Florida. James Reimer stopped 21 shots for the Panthers, who are winless in their last four games.“Disappointing loss,” Florida coach Bob Boughner said. “Especially the last 10, 15 minutes even when your down, the message is play to the buzzer and play with pride. I thought some guys did and I didn’t think some guys did.”Malgin scored 2:20 into the game on a rebound that Dubnyk kicked wide and the Panthers outshot Minnesota 13-8 in the first.Niederreiter scored off a pass from Suter, tying the game before the first intermission. Niederreiter then crashed the net and tipped a shot by Suter past Reimer midway through the second for his sixth goal of the season.“I think for me, personally San Jose Sharks Hoodies Authentic , probably confidence is obviously a big thing,” Niederreiter said. “Staying on one side for quite some time for now, that’s definitely helped my game a lot.”Staal scored his 12th of the season on a nifty pass through the defense by Mikael Granlund. Minnesota scored twice in the first 3:51 of the third, with Parise scoring his 15th and Brodin his fourth of the season.Florida has allowed five goals in three of its last four games.“We can talk about how good we can be and keep positive, and you need to keep positive, but at the end of the day, you need to be realistic too, and you’re only as good as you play,” Reimer said. “Unfortunately San Jose Sharks Hats Authentic , right now our losses are coming a little too often, but it’s just a test of our character.”NOTES: Koivu has skated with the team, but he missed his third game with a lower-body injury. … F Anthony Greco was recalled by Florida from Springfield of the American Hockey League and made his NHL debut. Greco had 12 goals in 24 games for Springfield. … Wild opponents have scored first in 21 of the team’s 31 games this season. Minnesota is 11-9-1 in those games. … Florida is one of two NHL teams (Vegas) that has not earned a regulation win at Minnesota’s Xcel Energy Center. The Wild are 10-0-1 at home against the Panthers, their longest active home point streak against any team. … Granlund’s assist was his 300th career point. He ranks sixth in scoring in team history.UP NEXTPanthers: Home against Toronto on Saturday.Wild: Host Calgary on Saturday. CHICAGO — As accustomed as the Chicago Blackhawks are to winning, dealing with losing certainly hasn’t been easy.But as the Blackhawks prepare to face the Florida Panthers on Sunday at the United Center, veterans like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are seeing confidence begin to build as the players continue to adjust to the style of coach Jeremy Colliton.As Chicago also deals with starting goalie Corey Crawford being out of the lineup again while he remains on injured reserve (concussion protocol), the Blackhawks are seeing signs of improvement. Article continues below ...Case in point? A 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday when the Blackhawks improved to 4-1-1 in their last six games. “We’re turning the tide where we can expect the same effort, we can expect the same system and we know what all five guys are doing on the ice,” Toews said Custom San Jose Sharks Jerseys , according to the Chicago Tribune. “Just less thinking and more doing, more playing and letting things be natural out there.”In Friday’s victory, goalie Collin Delia made 35 saves in his season debut and only his third NHL career start. Delia was recalled from the Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate when Crawford was placed on injured reserve. Chicago’s Artem Anisimov snapped a 1-1 tie less than two minutes into the third period and then Delia preserved the victory — the Blackhawks’ third straight — which should provide some momentum heading into Sunday’s game against the Panthers. But the recent success hasn’t made losing any easier, especially after the Blackhawks’ struggles cost Joel Quenneville his job on Nov. 6.“It’s something I’m definitely trying to manage better,” Toews said, according to the Tribune. “It’s a long season if you’re carrying the weight of each loss with you into the next one.“It’s just reminding yourself what went wrong in the last game and carrying the motivation to be better in the next one and learn from your mistakes but also let it not wear down your confidence.”The Panthers, meanwhile, will be playing Sunday’s game as the back end of a back-to-back. Florida edged the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Saturday to capture its third win in its past four games.The Panthers held on for the victory after first-period goals by Mike Hoffman and Evgenii Dadonov. On Sunday, Florida will wrap up a four-game road trip in which the Panthers have endured two losses by more than four goals. The Panthers were able to get back on track with Saturday’s victory but won’t be able to take the Blackhawks lightly , especially with how well Chicago has played of late.The Panthers realize they have enough to concern themselves with on their own.“We are going to lose games against good teams on the road,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said Friday, according to The Athletic. “That’s just going to happen. … It’s how you win and how you lose.”Now, with a victory under the Panthers’ belt, they will attempt to keep moving in the right direction.“It was good to come back and give this effort,” forward Jonathan Huberdeau said Saturday in a postgame interview with Fox Sports Florida. ” … But it’s back-to-back and we have to be ready for (Sunday). It’s just before Christmas and it’s going to be much better if we win (Sunday) and get some rest and come back for the second half.”

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