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Torchetti dimmed: Isles end Wild’s winning streak

Jaroslav Halak, Justin Fontaine

New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41), of the Czech Republic, stops a point-blank shot by Minnesota Wild right wing Justin Fontaine (14) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)


In his first home game as Minnesota Wild head coach, John Torchetti experienced his first defeat with the team.

It wasn’t in much doubt, either, as the New York Islanders beat Minnesota 4-1 to end the Wild’s winning streak at four games.

Special teams were a big problem for the Wild. The Islanders went 2-for-3 on the PP while Minnesota failed to connect on five opportunities. Going further, Frans Nielsen even added a shorthanded goal.

That’s a frustrating effort, something that wasn’t lost on Minnesota’s interim head coach.

Even so, the locker room was uniformly down, so there’s still some holdover optimism.

Minnesota’s attention remains on the East to finish the month. They face the Flyers on Thursday, then take on division leaders in the Capitals and Islanders during the weekend.