Wild’s defensive woes, Marco Rossi’s first NHL goal: Key takeaways vs. Maple Leafs

One game after the Wild’s opening night shutout at home, the Maple Leafs lit the lamp for fun despite the analytics showing the Wild had the five-on-five edge for 50 minutes of action. In a 7-4 pounding in which the wheels came off for the Wild in the third period, Auston Matthews became the first Toronto player in history to open the season with back-to-back hat tricks and Willian Nylander scored twice. The Wild cut a deficit to 4-3 and had ample opportunities to tie the score but never could get another past Ilya Samsonov. More concerning, Matt Boldy, the Wild’s best forward in…

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