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After a hard-fought five-game road trip, the Boston Bruins returned to the TD Garden to take on a team that could be considered mediocre compared to the competition the Bruins faced as of late. But, the Bruins were unable to outscore the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night, falling 3-1.
The Wild have never lost in Boston and are now 9-2 overall against the Bruins since joining the NHL in 2000.
Minnesota started off scoring in the second period after Shawn Thornton was sent to the penalty box on an arguable hooking call on Wild defenseman Brent Burns – replays showed Burns falling on his own.
The Bruins answered back 10 minutes, 50 seconds into the second period with a wrister from Steven Kampfer. Patrice Bergeron stole the puck from Burns in the Bruins’ offensive zone and took a shot on Wild goaltender Jose Theodore (35 saves), who made the initial save, but left a rebound open. Kampfer was there to wrist it in.
Minnesota tied it up at the start of the third after Bruins center Marc Savard failed to make a clear and Wild winger Cal Clutterbuck intercepted it, giving him a clear shot and secured the win for the Wild at 2:22.
The Wild tallied a third goal after the Bruins pulled Rask. Wild Captain Mikko Koivu scored an empty-netter with 43 seconds remaining in the game.