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Zach Parise and Ryan Suter couldn't get it done in the playoffs.
Merriam-Webster.com defines schaudenfreude as "enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others."
In other words, it's what hockey fans in Nashville and New Jersey experienced on Thursday night as they watched the Minnesota Wild fall and eliminated by the Blackhawks.
The Wild's big spending last summer helped get the team into the postseason for the first time in five years and prized acquisition Ryan Suter earned a Norris Trophy nomination. But Minnesota was behind the eight-ball before their playoffs began once Niklas Backstrom went down. Despite a valiant effort, the team couldn't find a way to get past the powerhouse Blackhawks.
The Wild's two big free-agent signings were brought in last July because they were supposed to be difference-makers, especially in the postseason.
Zach Parise was a stud when he guided the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012. This year, he tallied just one point (a goal) and was a minus-seven, while Suter was useless with a minus-five.
Parise and Suter are under contract to wear the Wild's forest green for 12 more seasons.
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