Newsmakers in the NHL: Minnesota Continues Losing Streak

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It's been a rough stretch for the Minnesota Wild over the past two weeks, and it continued on Sunday as they dropped their fifth in a row -- and sixth in their past seven games -- as they fell to Anaheim, 4-2. During this current losing streak, Minnesota has scored only five goals, and is finding out that it's quite difficult to win every game 1-0.

After overcoming a 2-0 deficit thanks to a pair of goals by Marc-Andre Bergeron and Eric Belanger, the Wild allowed Brendan Morrison and Bobby Ryan to reclaim the lead for the Ducks. From that point on, J.S. Giguere shut the door for Anaheim, as he turned aside 26 shots in the win. The Ducks also received goals from Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, as they won for the third time in their past four games.

Josh Harding received the start in goal for Minnesota, making 30 saves on 34 shots.

Odds and Ends

... Martin Havlat scored the game-winning goal at the 9:36 mark of the second period, while Patrick Sharp and Brent Seabrook also tallied goals in the Blackhawks 3-1 win over Columbus. Cristobal Huet turned aside 31 of 32 shots in the win, while Steve Mason made 28 saves for the Blue Jackets. Fredrik Modin scores the only goal for Columbus, his seventh of the season.

... After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, the Florida Panthers allowed Vancouver to answer with five consecutive goals, as the Canucks pulled out a 5-3 win on Sunday. Vancouver scored four goals in the second period, including three in a three minute span on Florida netminder Craig Anderson. Pavol Demitra (two), Ryan Kesler, Kyle Wellwood and Darcy Hordichuk provided the offense for Vancouver, while Jay Bouwmeester, Nick Boynton and Michael Frolik scored for the Panthers. Cory Schneider turned aside 18 shots in the win for the Canucks.

... On the same day they decided not to welcome back Sean Avery and his filthy mouth, the Dallas Stars made a minor trade by picking up Brian Sutherby from Anaheim, in exchange for college forward (Colgate) David McIntyre and a conditional draft pick.

Newsmakers in the NHL: Minnesota Continues Losing Streak originally appeared on NHL FanHouse on Mon, 15 Dec 2008 00:35:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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