Maybe it was Matt Cullen all along. Suddenly the Wild offense is producing in their back to back wins over Calgary and Edmonton. In their trip to Alberta, the Wild scored nine goals. To put that in perspective, they scored eight total goals in their seven games in April.
"Just real happy with the mindset, the way we started the game," said head coach Mike Yeo on his squad's performance in Edmonton. "Even on the bench, back to back games and obviously they have some offensive weapons over there but I really liked a lot about tonight's game."
Cullen was held without a point in the game, but his speed on the second line has noticeably given the team a huge boost. Just in time for a post season run. Earlier in the day, the Wild sent rookie Mikael Granlund back to Houston, but he was recalled on an emergency basis when Mike Rupp couldn't play. It turned out to be a good thing. Granlund took his spot on the fourth line and scored a second period goal.
The power play clicked, and Zach Parise scored his first goal of April just 20 seconds into the third period. Parise's goal turned out to be the game winner.
With the win, the Wild remain in the sixth slot in the Western Conference with just five games remaining. They finish up their three game road trip tomorrow night in San Jose and can tie the Sharks with a win. They did create some separation between themselves and the eighth spot. With 51 points, the Wild is currently four points clear of Detroit.
Following their trip to San Jose, the Wild will return home for three games. Calgary, Los Angeles and Edmonton all come to town before the Wild end their regular season in Colorado on April 27th.