Coach praises Wild's resilience

24 October 2021 22:36:42 GMTPlus11
The Wild proved their battling qualities

Head coach Dean Evason praised the resilience of his Minnesota Wild team after they came from behind for a fourth time in a row to win.

The Wild, 17/1 to win the Stanley Cup, have allowed the first goal in each of their first four games of the NHL season, before coming back to win them all.

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Their most recent victory came on Saturday, when forward Ryan Harman scored with 13 seconds remaining in overtime to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3.

It's the fourth time in their history that the Wild have started with a 4-0-0 record, with their best start ever coming in 2006/07 when they won their first six.

Netminder Cam Talbot has started all four of the Wild's victories and forward Marcus Foligno has registered a point in each game (two goals, two assists).

Obviously we'd like to start with a lead, but again we love our resilience.

Dean Evason

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Fifty-seven-year-old Evason began as assistant coach of the Wild in 2018, and was promoted to head coach in February 2020.

Over his two seasons in charge, Evason has a record of 43-20-5 and has led the Wild to the play-offs in each campaign.

Last season Minnesota were narrowly beaten by the Vegas Golden Knights in seven games at the first-round stage.

Evason said to the media after the victory over the Ducks: "Obviously we'd like to start with a lead, but again we love our resilience. I think it's just who they are, right? We were happy with that end of it."

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