Wild close out road trip with 4-0 loss in Montreal

Ross Houston
October 20, 2019

"We're all happy for (Mete)".

"Honestly, I've never seen anything like it", Zucker said about the team's ability to concede tallies in bunches. "I was excited and I hope we can both score some more goals".

It sounded like an overtime goal in the playoffs.

The big difference in the milestone goals was how long it took the players to break the ice.

The Wild went into the game without forward Victor Rask. "But if I don't get those chances, I still have to play solid". This was the finale of a four-game homestand and Montreal had lost two of the first three games.

"Once I scored, it was just a weight off my shoulders", said Suzuki, who was playing his seventh National Hockey League game. A whiffed shot from Jeff Petry landed right on Suzuki's backhand before Stalock could cover the right post.

The Lightning shooters, however, got the best of Carey Price three times in those six minutes, which proved definitive and deadly.

Tomas Tatar, who was acquired in the same trade that brought Suzuki to Montreal in return for Max Pacioretty, nearly spoiled the rookie's moment.

There are high expectations for Suzuki, who was drafted in the first round by the Vegas Golden Knights.

Armia connected on a 5-on-3 power play with 2:28 left in the first. There used to be a lot more of these back to backs with the same opponent leading to some very interesting story lines from one game to the next.

Due to the unique design of the Montreal Canadiens' arena, there isn't room for the visiting backup goaltender to sit beside his teammates on the bench. Montreal is 28th (right ahead of the Wild) in goals against per game at 3.83, and captain Shea Weber and the rest of the red-and-blue backline need to be better.

While the Canadiens went into a defensive shell in the third period to preserve the shutout, Brendan Gallagher rounded out the scoring midway through the final frame, taking advantage of a Matt Dumba giveaway to net his third goal of the season.

On the season, Mete has his goal and a single assist through the first seven games.

The 21-year-old Mete, who grew up in London, Ont., found acres of space in the slot, took a backhand pass from Nick Cousins from behind the net and beat Alex Stalock glove side with 5:23 to play in the opening period.

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