A loss that feels like a win 15 Dec 11

After the Wild’s second loss in two nights, you might think they would be angry and frustrated.

You would be wrong.

In what head coach Mike Yeo termed “a win for me,” the Wild proved what they’ve been proving all season: This is a team that doesn’t quit. Yes, it’s just one game out of 82. But, one night after an intense, emotionally draining loss inWinnipeg, the Wild came back from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime Wednesday before losing to Chicago at home in a shootout, 4-3.

This despite missing crafty winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who was out after having his nose broken the night before. This despite losing winger Guillaume Latendresse to post-concussion symptoms after one period.

“It sucks we didn’t get two points, but this is a win for me,” Yeo said. “As far as I’m concerned, that’s a win for our guys.”

In a game between the top two teams in the Western Conference — at least point-wise — the Wild started slowly playing on the tail end of a back-to-back but finished strong.

Kyle Brodziak and Matt Cullen scored minutes apart in the second period to tie the game 2-2. With the Wild down 3-2 late in the game, Mikko Koivu scored to send the game into overtime.

As a result the Wild remained the top points team in the West and continued what is becoming an improbable season. The Wild still doesn’t have a regulation loss playing on the back end of back-to-back situations, going 2-0-2 in those games.

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NHL Team Report – Minnesota Wild – NOTES, QUOTES

–RW Pierre-Marc Bouchard, his nose broken and his lip bloodied and swollen, didn’t play Wednesday night against Chicago. The good news? The Wild’s play-making winger does not appear to have sustained a concussion from his hit by Zach Bogosian in the closing minutes of Tuesday night’s game in Winnipeg.

Bogosian hit Bouchard from behind, into the boards, and Bouchard crumpled to the ice. When he was helped up and off the rink, blood was spilling profusely. There is no word yet whether Bogosian will face discipline for the hit.

Wednesday morning, Wild coach Mike Yeo said he felt Bogosian’s hands were high and needed to be in a lot more control, but “we’re not screaming bloody murder” that he needs to be suspended.

Bouchard? He said his nose and lip are sore and he was scheduled to have a CT scan Wednesday afternoon. As for concussion symptoms? “I had a pretty big shot on the nose,” he said. “And with all the sinuses, my body doesn’t feel 100 percent. I lost a lot of blood last night. But I don’t have many big symptoms that tell me my head’s not fine.”

Still, he sat Wednesday because the Wild wants to play this safe. “With his history, we want to make sure that he’s good to go,” said Yeo. Bouchard missed the final eight games of the 2008-09 season with a concussion, then 81 of 82 games in 2009-10 with post-concussion syndrome before returning Dec. 1, 2010.

–LW Guillaume Latendresse’s return was short-lived. He missed 15 games with a concussion before returning to play in Winnipeg on Tuesday — after having practiced with the team just one time — and scoring the Wild’s only goal. But Wednesday against Chicago, Latendresse was lost during the first intermission with what Wild coach Mike Yeo termed post-concussion syndrome. Latendresse logged just 7:03 of ice time and had four hits. On one shift, he checked Nick Leddy hard, then rocked Viktor Stalberg with an open-ice hit near the benches. It’s unclear if that’s when Latendresse was rattled.

–C Matt Cullen returned from a one-game illness to score his ninth goal of the season. Still, with an injury to Pierre-Marc Bouchard and with Casey Wellman struggling, the Wild made a series of moves Wednesday. They put goalieJosh Harding (whiplash) on IR, defenseman Nate Prosser was sent back to Houston of the AHL and center Warren Peters was recalled from Houston and installed in the lineup.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “It could be just easy to write it in and start thinking about the next one. But great job by the guys in the room sticking with it, and we got a valuable point out of it.” — Wild center Kyle Brodziak on the Wild rallying from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to force overtime and get a point out of Wednesday’s game with Chicago.

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NHL Team Report – Minnesota Wild – ROSTER REPORT

PLAYER NOTES:

–C Mikko Koivu continued his strong play, scoring his eighth goal — and his fourth in five games — late in the third period on a delayed penalty to send the game with Chicago into overtime. Koivu has points in 13 of his last 14 games and leads the team with 28 points (8-20-28).

–RW Cal Clutterbuck posted his second career two-assist game. He had the primary assist on Mikko Koivu’s goal that sent the game into overtime.

–C Kyle Brodziak scored his 11th goal of the season, the most on the Wild roster. He also won 16 of 23 faceoffs.

–D Marek Zidlicky returned to action after missing 13 games with a concussion.

–D Greg Zanon was a healthy scratch Wednesday. It was the first time in his career that Zanon had been scratched when healthy. He sat because Marek Zidlicky returned from an injury.

MEDICAL WATCH:

–G Josh Harding (whiplash) has been cleared to play, but he was put on injured reserve Wednesday to make room for the Wild to call up Warren Peters from Houston of the AHL. Harding missed his third game Wednesday.

–D Justin Falk (upper body) missed his ninth game Wednesday. He has been cleared to play but will have difficulty finding his way back into the lineup unless a Wild defenseman either gets hurt or struggles in his play.

–RW Devin Setoguchi (lower body) missed his fourth game Wednesday. He has yet to start skating on his own.

–RW Pierre-Marc Bouchard (broken nose) missed Wednesday’s game after being boarded late in Tuesday’s game in Winnipeg.

GOALTENDERS:

–Niklas Backstrom

–Matt Hackett

DEFENSE PAIRINGS:

–Nick Schultz, Mike Lundin

–Marco Scandella, Jared Spurgeon

–Clayton Stoner, Marek Zidlicky

FIRST LINE:

–LW Darroll Powe, C Mikko Koivu, RW Dany Heatley

SECOND LINE:

–LW Cal Clutterbuck, C Matt Cullen, RW Guillaume Latendresse

THIRD LINE:

–LW Colton Gillies, C Kyle Brodziak, RW Nick Johnson

FOURTH LINE:

–LW Cody Almond, C Warrenn Peters, RW Brad Staubitz.