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John Hynes Costs his Team a Playoff Spot by Pulling the Goalie in OT

Published March 30, 2024 at 8:50 PM
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John Hynes made a bold move today when he pulled the goalie in overtime against the Vegas Golden Knights. This time though, the move did not work as the Minnesota Wild ultimately gave up an empty netter.

It was not the first time John Hynes tried pulling the goalie in overtime this season. Considering the fact that the team has been on the fringe of the playoff race for some time now, he has used the desperation move once already. That time it worked out as the Wild defeated the Nashville Predators with a 4-on-3 overtime goal.

The Minnesota Wild pulled the goalie again in overtime, but this time it backfired...😬




The NHL has a little-known rule that if a team gives up an empty netter in overtime, they concede the point earned by getting past regulation. As such, the Wild will walk away from today's game effectively with a regulation loss.

JOHN HYNES PULLS THE GOALIE IN OT AGAIN. VEGAS SCORES ON THE EMPTY NET, 0 POINTS FOR MINNESOTA. #mnwild


With the loss, the Wild are now ten points behind the Predators and seven point behind the LA Kings, who suddenly find themselves in the second wild card spot. With just nine games remaining on the Wild's schedule, their hopes for making the playoffs are now very grim indeed. They would need one of the Kings, Predators, or Golden Knights to go on a major collapse in order to squeak in. Furthermore, they would need to outplay the St. Louis Blues down the stretch as they are 2 points behind them in the standings as well. Similarly, the Blues' hopes of making the playoffs are also slim to none.

That being said, the Blues have an easy matchup against the San Jose Sharks tonight. Should they win, they can keep their playoff hopes alive a little bit longer.

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