The Wild traveled to Philadelphia tonight to take on the Flyers in the second and final meeting for the two teams this year. The Flyers were battling to win for the ninth straight time at home tonight, and they were successful in their endeavor. Tonight’s 4-1 loss was another travesty on the road for the Wild, something that hasn’t been uncommon this season.
The Flyers took a very early lead, with a snap shot goal from Luke Schenn at into the game. Wayne Simmonds put the Flyers up by two jus ten minutes later with a power play goal. A pair of penalties picked up by the Flyers gave the Wild a two-man advantage for just shy of two minutes. With 9 seconds to go in the two-man advantage, Granlund capitalized on the power play, making it 2-1 at of the opening period.
Philadelphia answered with a tip-in goal from Claude Giroux at in the second period. Minnesota effectively killed off two penalties this period, but were out-shot 8-14. The Wild were able to outshoot the Flyers in the opening period 11-5 but couldn’t get the puck in the net aside from Granlund’s goal.
The final period of play opened with the Wild trailing by two goals and looking exhausted. Simmonds, for his second straight two-goal game, put the nail in the coffin with less than minute to play in the game by way of an empty-netter. Minnesota had over 8 minutes of power play time tonight with only one shot on goal the entire time. While that one shot was a goal from Granlund, it just wasn’t enough.
The Wild will take a few days off for the holidays and will be back on the road to take on Winnipeg on Friday 12/27. The puck drops at and will be aired on FM 107.9 KQQL.