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Wild give up record two fastest goals in 6-1 trouncing by Predators

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune on

Published in Hockey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Not even a week ago — last Saturday — the Wild trailed the Predators by a measly two points for a playoff spot.

What a difference two games make.

Or rather two losses.

The Wild dropped eight points back of Nashville after the Predators blitzed the Wild twice in eight seconds before running away, 6-1, on Thursday at Bridgestone Arena to pick up their seventh straight win.

Not only did the Wild give up the fastest two goals in team history, but the meltdown came less than a minute after they scored themselves.

Despite a choppy start, the Wild capitalized first when Connor Dewar buried a Brandon Duhaime rebound behind Nashville goalie Juuse Saros 9 minutes, 51 seconds into the first period.

 

This was Dewar's second goal in as many games and fourth this season vs. the Predators; his hat trick headlined the Wild's 6-1 rout at Nashville on Nov. 30.

But two poor shifts prevented the Wild from extending that lead let alone protecting it.

Only 49 seconds after Dewar's goal, a Roman Josi centering feed was deflected in by Yakov Trenin. Then a botched clear by the Wild after the ensuing faceoff ended up deep in their zone where fourth-liner Cole Smith stuffed the puck by goaltender Filip Gustavsson's right pad to flip a 1-0 deficit for the Predators into a 2-1 advantage in a breezy eight seconds.

Until then, the quickest pair of goals surrendered by the Wild came in 10 seconds.

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