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Throwback Thursday: Washington Woes

Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Yeah, I get it. It is not Thursday. But since Thursday is a holiday, let’s bump throwback Thursday up a day so we can cover it anyway.

Last Tuesday we so fondly recall the Minnesota Wild being absolutely crushed by the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals. Like, it was so bad the Wild were never actually in the hockey game. And to make it worse, it was a home game, where the Wild actually had a chance. Because in Washington, they can almost never find a W.

If you look into the history books of the Wild, you find their W-L record against Washington at MCI Center/Verizon Center/Capital One Arena to be an abysmal one. In fact, of a minimum 10 games played, the Wild’s points percentage in Washington is the lowest of all of them.

All-time Record at Arena Table
Arena Name Location GP W L T OL PTS PTS%
GF GA GF/G GA/G
KeyBank Center Buffalo, NY 11 9 2 0 0 18 .818 38 20 3.45 1.82
TD Garden Boston, MA 11 8 3 0 0 16 .727 34 22 3.09 2.00
Gila River Arena Glendale, AZ 25 15 8 1 1 32 .640 66 56 2.64 2.24
BB&T Center Sunrise, FL 12 7 4 0 1 15 .625 36 27 3.00 2.25
Xcel Energy Center Saint Paul, MN 688 378 210 28 72 856 .622 1932 1649 2.81 2.40
Rexall Place Edmonton, AB 41 22 12 3 4 51 .622 105 91 2.56 2.22
United Center Chicago, IL 36 19 15 1 1 40 .556 97 94 2.69 2.61
STAPLES Center Los Angeles, CA 32 14 11 2 5 35 .547 78 84 2.44 2.63
Bell Centre Montreal, QC 11 5 4 1 1 12 .545 31 32 2.82 2.91
Pepsi Center Denver, CO 50 22 22 2 4 50 .500 122 142 2.44 2.84
Canadian Tire Centre Ottawa, ON 10 4 4 0 2 10 .500 25 31 2.50 3.10
Scottrade Center St. Louis, MO 36 13 15 3 5 34 .472 82 98 2.28 2.72
Rogers Arena Vancouver, BC 44 16 19 3 6 41 .466 109 128 2.48 2.91
Amalie Arena Tampa, FL 12 4 5 1 2 11 .458 25 30 2.08 2.50
Honda Center Anaheim, CA 33 14 18 0 1 29 .439 77 85 2.33 2.58
Bridgestone Arena Nashville, TN 36 13 18 2 3 31 .431 76 97 2.11 2.69
Bell MTS Place Winnipeg, MB 13 5 7 0 1 11 .423 37 47 2.85 3.62
Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary, AB 44 15 23 3 3 36 .409 95 108 2.16 2.45
SAP Center at San Jose San Jose, CA 33 12 18 1 2 27 .409 76 98 2.30 2.97
Nationwide Arena Columbus, OH 27 9 14 1 3 22 .407 55 71 2.04 2.63
American Airlines Center Dallas, TX 35 9 18 1 7 26 .371 82 129 2.34 3.69
Scotiabank Arena Toronto, ON 11 4 7 0 0 8 .364 22 33 2.00 3.00
Madison Square Garden (IV) New York, NY 11 4 7 0 0 8 .364 30 34 2.73 3.09
Joe Louis Arena Detroit, MI 28 8 17 1 2 19 .339 67 106 2.39 3.79
Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, PA 13 4 9 0 0 8 .308 20 37 1.54 2.85
Capital One Arena Washington, DC 11 2 8 0 1 5 .227 17 31 1.55 2.82
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/21/2018.

The first-ever win for Minnesota in the nation’s capital came back on Nov. 21, 2002 — which was during team’s famed season of making it all the way to the conference finals.

There is not much footage of the game out there, but we do get a couple of videos from the game via a pair of Matt Johnson and Alex Henry fights.

Why is this game being pointed out? Well first it is to show that winning in Washington is indeed possible even though Minnesota’s next — and only win since — came 12 seasons later thanks to a pair of Jason Pominville goals.

Second, the roster on Washington is glorious from that game in 2002 and deserves to be recognized. This team did go onto the playoffs, by the way.

via hockey-reference.com

Bondra, Gonchar, Jagr, Konowalchuk (it’s just fun to spell) and Kolzig. Such a great team of names in rather suspect jerseys…

Anyway, don’t let the glorious roster of Washington distract you from the fact Minnesota has won in D.C. just twice over the course of their 18 seasons. The Wild are set to play at Capital One Arena on March 22 to close out their head-to-head schedule.

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