Two games into the season and the Wild have shown their versatility. They can win an exciting, faster-paced game, the way they did on opening night. And they can win ... not that way.

"It was kind of an awkward, grinding, neutral zone, chipping the puck in game," said Clayton Stoner after the Wild's 1-0 victory over the Dallas Stars. "It wasn't the fastest pace."

Yes, it was tight and exhausting.

"Tough game," said Zach Parise. "You really had to earn everything out there."

Yes, every inch of ice was contested.

"I don't know anybody who didn't think that was an entertaining game," said coach Mike Yeo.

Now wait a minute.

"Our guys battled and did everything they could under the circumstances," Yeo noted.

The circumstances included back-to-back games after a nine-month layoff. This type of hardship applies to both teams, of course. Guys are not in top shape. They are not entirely comfortable with each other. They are out of practice. Yeo says the team will get better as it goes along. The back-breaking schedule will remain a constant, however.