Wild has more than two wins — it has a formula that's working

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From star contributions to fourth-line play to a hot goalie, the team has looked strong in opening 2-0.
The start of the season has been a best-case scenario for the Wild — and not just because the team has two wins in two games.

By debuting on the road, the Wild continued to sync after a summer shakeup, and some of the new additions have already made a difference on the ice.

"Completely agree," coach Dean Evason said. "You want to see your group play hard for each other and with each other, for sure. But to get rewarded, to reinforce that we're not only doing the right things systemically but we're doing the right things together as a group, yeah, it's obviously nicer to win than lose."

How the Wild emerged 2-0 from its weekend in California could also explain the cohesiveness.

After falling behind in the opener Friday at Anaheim and losing a key player in winger Marcus Foligno to the penalty box for 17 minutes, the Wild rallied.

Not only did the team get a timely boost from its power play, but Foligno capped the 2-1 comeback in stunning fashion — scoring the winning goal with 7.2 seconds to go.

"Character win," is how winger Kevin Fiala described it.

Then, the next night at Los Angeles, the…
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