Wild 2, Bruins 0: B's Offensive Struggles Continue, Fall In Minnesota

On Sunday afternoon, The Boston Bruins' offensive woes continued as they were shut out by Nicklas Backstrom (48 Saves) and the Minnesota Wild, 2-0 at XCEL Energy Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Bruins Vs. Wild: Boston Shut Out By Minnesota, 2-0

The Boston Bruins lost to the Minnesota Wild, 2-0, at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Sunday.

The Bruins turned up the heat in the third period but could not find a way past Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom who turned away a season-high 48 shots. Boston did not get many second chance opportunities all game. The Bruins' struggling power-play unit only got one power-play opportunity which came in the first period.

Boston outshot the Wild, 48-29 (including a 22-3 advantage in the third period). Both of the Minnesota goals (Chad Rau, Matt Cullen) came in the second period, the second of which was the result of the only power-play the Wild got. There was a fight between Shawn Thornton and Matt Kassian in the third period but that couldn't turn the tide either for the Bruins.

Tim Thomas played a good game but his counterpart in net on the other end of the ice was just better and didn't fall victim to a lucky goal. Thomas was beaten by Matt Cullen in the second period after Cullen whiffed on the initial shot and then scored with his second shot before Thomas could recover from his first reaction.

With the loss, the Bruins fell to 35-19-2 on the season. Boston will next be in action on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center.

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Bruins Vs. Wild, Second Period Score: Boston Trails, 2-0

The Boston Bruins trail 2-0 to the Minnesota Wild after two periods of play at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota on Sunday.

After a scoreless first period that was closely fought, Minnesota got two goals in the second frame. Chad Rau scored his second of the season at the 10:15 mark. Rau was assisted by Dany Heatley and Cal Clutterbuck but the Wild center made the goal happen with a great individual effort. Rau beat Bruins goalie Tim Thomas with a quick wristshot after looking off the defender as if he was going to pass. Thomas seemed to think Rau was going to pass as well and left his feet a little early only to see the shot beat him.

On the second goal, Boston was simply unlucky. Matt Cullen was trying to shoot the puck in traffic and whiffed. The puck was still at his feet and he collected it and beat Thomas who had made a move to try to block the first attempt. The goal was a power-play goal after Chris Kelly was booked for tripping Cullen at the 15:03 mark. Cullen's goal came just 27 seconds later.

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Bruins Vs. Wild, First Period Score: Boston, Minnesota Tied At Zero

The Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild are tied at 0-0 after the first period of play at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was a fairly evenly played first period. The Bruins have played unevenly in the past five outings. Minnesota didn't look like a team that has lost their last seven games.

The Bruins had a 14-12 shot advantage after the first frame. Both goalkeepers were on their game and denied all shots offered in the opening frame. The first power-play of the game did not come until very late in the first period when Darroll Powe was booked for goaltender interference on Tim Thomas. The Wild were able to kill the penalty without too much danger from the Bruins power-play unit. Niklas Backstrom got plenty of help from his penalty killers with blocked shots on the lone opportunity. Boston is just two of their last 23 on the power-play.

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Bruins Vs. Wild: David Krejci, B's Look To Find Themselves In Minnesota

After an embarrassing 4-2 loss to Winnipeg, David Krejci and the Boston Bruins (35-19-2) look to find some much needed offense against the slumping Minnesota Wild (25-24-9) at the XCEL Energy Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota at 3:30 p.m. (TV/Radio: NBC/98.5-FM).

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