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Updated: March 11th, 2011 11:12pm
Wild is Texas toast in 4-0 loss to Stars

Wild is Texas toast in 4-0 loss to Stars

by Jess Myers
1500ESPN.com
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Stop us is you're heard this before: the Minnesota Wild, desperately needing a road win, was more like road kill, losing 4-0.

The score, and the story, was much the same as 24 hours earlier, but this time it was the Dallas Stars doing what they do to the Wild in Texas - winning. Not only has the Wild not won in the new home of Minnesota's former team in what seems like forever, the Wild has not even held a lead in Dallas since 2007.

Coupled with Thursday night's 4-0 loss in Nashville, the Wild has now been shut out in back-to-back road games for just the second time in franchise history.

Trailing 1-0 late in the second period, the roof fell in on the Wild, which allowed three goals in 91 seconds to leave little doubt about how this one would end.

Earlier in the day, there were brief glimmers of hope that Cal Clutterbuck and/or Mikko Koivu would return to the lineup. Neither of them did. And for this team that is still searching for a new source of leadership in this playoff chase, the absence of that pair is more and more painfully evident with every passing game.

Perhaps most disappointing was the fact that in 60 minutes, the Wild managed just 14 shots on goal.

"We need more shots," Wild coach Todd Richards said, in perhaps the understatement of the season. "We have to find a way to produce more shots and get pucks either through or on the net."

And as if the score and the stats were not bad enough, Guillaume Latendresse left the game early with a lower body injury. Back for just two games after missing much of the season with an injury, Latendresse looks to have re-aggravated the ailment, and his status is unknown. At a time when the Wild is lacking offense, the timing could hardly be worse.

And from here, the road gets even tougher, with trips to conference-leading Vancouver, then to high-flying San Jose up next. The Wild remains in 11th place in the conference standings, four points behind Northwest Division rival Calgary, which currently holds the 8th and final playoff spot.

Jess Myers covers the Wild and college hockey for 1500ESPN.com. He is a member of the editorial advisory board for USA Hockey Magazine.
Email Jess | @JessRMyers
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