Kahkonen yielded seven goals on 27 shots in a 7-3 loss to St. Louis on Thursday.
Things were looking promising for Kahkonen and the Wild, who led 3-0 after 20 minutes, but the 24-year-old netminder was absolutely blitzed the rest of the way. Kahkonen had entered the night riding a four-game winning streak, but he now owns an .849 save percentage since the start of April. That includes a pair of starts in which he allowed nine goals and seven goals.
Kahkonen will protect the road goal in Thursday's regular-season finale versus the Blues, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Kahkonen has seen a reduced workload since the start of March. It's done well for him, as he enters Thursday on a four-game winning streak. The Finn has a 2.74 GAA and a .904 save percentage in that span. He'll need more help from his teammates than Cam Talbot got in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Blues.
Kahkonen stopped 22 of 25 shots in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Ducks.
Kahkonen allowed a goal in each period of regulation time, but Kirill Kaprizov struck just 17 seconds into overtime to give the Wild a win. The 24-year-old Kahkonen improved to 16-7-0 with a 2.70 GAA and a .908 save percentage in 23 games. The Finn will back up Cam Talbot on Saturday, but the Wild's top two goalies will likely split a pair of games against the Blues on Wednesday and Thursday.
Per Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Kahkonen was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll start between the pipes in Friday's home game against Anaheim.
Kahkonen has been on a roll over the past three weeks, stringing together three straight wins while posting a respectable .910 save percentage. He'll try to extend his personal winning streak to four games in a home matchup with a Ducks team that's averaging 2.54 goals per game on the road this campaign, 23rd in the NHL.
Kahkonen kicked out 28 of 31 shots in a 4-3 overtime win over the Blues on Saturday.
A late comeback by the Wild, topped off by Kevin Fiala's overtime tally, gave Kahkonen his third consecutive victory. The 24-year-old Kahkonen, making just his fourth start since the start of April while No. 1 netminder Cam Talbot was given a night off, improved to 15-7-0 on the year with a 2.69 GAA and .909 save percentage.
Kahkonen is slated to start between the pipes in Saturday's road matchup with the Blues, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Kahkonen was pretty solid in his last start last Saturday against San Jose, stopping 27 of 30 shots en route to a 6-3 victory. He'll attempt to extend his personal winning streak to three games in a tough road matchup with a surging St. Louis team that's won four straight games.
Kahkonen turned away 27 of 30 shots in a 6-3 win over San Jose on Saturday.
Kahkonen and the Wild were on cruise control with a 4-0 lead through 40 minutes, but the Sharks made things interesting in the final frame. Kahkonen did enough to earn the 14th win of his rookie campaign, although he was making just his third start of April behind veteran Cam Talbot.
Kahkonen will guard the road net in Saturday's game against the Sharks, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Kahkonen will make his second start of April, as Cam Talbot has retaken the starting job. Nevertheless, Kahkonen still sports a respectable .910 save percentage and a 13-7-0 record this year. The Sharks enter Saturday's game with seven straight losses, failing to score more than two goals in any game during that stretch.
Kahkonen allowed two goals on 28 shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Sharks.
Kahkonen was much better than in his last outing, when he gave up nine goals in a loss to the Blues on April 9. The 24-year-old Kahkonen improved to 13-7-0 with a 2.66 GAA and a .910 save percentage. This outing likely earned the Finn a bit more trust, but Cam Talbot will remain the Wild's No. 1 goalie.
Kahkonen will defend the blue paint during Saturday's road game versus the Sharks, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Kahkonen hasn't started since April 9 against St. Louis, and he was awful in that contest, surrendering nine goals on 38 shots en route to a brutal 9-1 loss. The 24-year-old netminder will try to shake off that poor performance and snap his personal three-game losing streak in a favorable home matchup with a struggling San Jose team that's lost four straight games.
Kahkonen gave up nine goals on 38 shots in Friday's 9-1 loss to the Blues.
Despite being outmatched from the start, head coach Dean Evason didn't pull Kahkonen in the first game of a back-to-back. Instead, the Finnish goalie was on the hook for a franchise-worst loss. He dropped to 12-7-0 with a 2.69 GAA and a .909 save percentage in 19 appearances. Kahkonen won nine straight games between Feb. 18 and March 16, but he's since lost his last three outings. Cam Talbot will almost certainly start Saturday's rematch with the Blues.
Kahkonen will patrol the crease during Friday's road game versus the Blues, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Kahkonen hasn't played since March 31 versus the Sharks, when he surrendered three goals on 32 shots en route to a 4-2 defeat. The 24-year-old rookie will attempt to get back in the win column in a road matchup with a St. Louis squad that's 5-9-4 at home this year.
Kahkonen allowed three goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks. The fourth goal was an empty-netter.
Kahkonen was perfect in the first period, but the Sharks took over in the second and held on to hand the Finn his second straight loss. The 24-year-old has a 12-6-0 record with a 2.34 GAA and a .920 save percentage in 18 games. The Wild finish a back-to-back Thursday in Vegas, which likely means Kahkonen will back up Cam Talbot for that contest.
Kahkonen will defend the blue paint during Wednesday's road game versus the Sharks, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Kahkonen hasn't started in goal since March 20, when he surrendered six goals on 42 shots in an ugly 6-0 loss to the Avalanche. The 24-year-old rookie will attempt to bounce back and pick up his 13th win of the season in a road matchup with a San Jose squad that's only averaging 2.64 goals per game at home this campaign, 25th in the NHL.
Kahkonen stopped 36 shots in Saturday's 6-0 loss to the Avalanche.
Cale Makar scored on the power play less than five minutes into the first period, setting the tone early for an ugly afternoon for the Wild. It's the first time since Jan. 30 that Kahkonen has given up more than three goals and, despite Saturday's onslaught, the 24-year-old still boasts a 2.29 GAA and .921 save percentage on the season.
Kahkonen will guard the road cage during Saturday's clash with Colorado, NHL.com's Rick Sadowski reports.
Kahkonen was unbeatable in his last start Tuesday against Arizona, stopping all 31 shots he faced en route to his 12th win and second shutout of the season. The 24-year-old rookie will attempt to pick up a 10th straight victory in a road matchup with an Avalanche squad that's averaging 3.50 goals per game at home this campaign, seventh in the NHL.
Kahkonen posted a 31-save shutout in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Coyotes.
Kahkonen picked up his second shutout in his last three starts, and the Wild's third goose egg in five games. The Finnish rookie improved to 12-4-0 with a 2.05 GAA and a .927 save percentage in 16 outings. Kahkonen has been every bit as good as veteran Cam Talbot, which allows head coach Dean Evason to divvy up the goaltending workload pretty evenly.
Kahkonen will guard the home goal during Tuesday's matchup with the Coyotes, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Kahkonen was a little shaky in his last start Wednesday versus Vegas, surrendering three goals on 27 shots, but he still made enough stops to pick up his eighth straight victory. The 24-year-old rookie will try to secure his 12th win of the season in a home matchup with a slumping Arizona team that's lost three straight games.
Kahkonen stopped 24 shots Wednesday in a 4-3 win over Vegas.
Kahkonen pushed his winning streak to eight games, although Vegas made it interesting with a pair of goals in the final six minutes of the third period. The rookie netminder is now 11-4-0 with a 2.19 GAA and .922 save percentage.
Kahkonen will guard the goal during Wednesday's home game versus Vegas, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Kahkonen has been unstoppable over the past three weeks, stringing together seven consecutive wins while posting a highly impressive 1.42 GAA and .947 save percentage. He'll attempt to pick up his 11th win of the season in a rematch with a Golden Knights club that he just shut out Monday, stopping all 26 shots he faced en route to a 2-0 victory.
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|05/13||@ STL||L 3-7||1||7||20||27|
|05/07||vs ANA||W 4-3 (OT)||1||3||22||25|
|05/01||vs STL||W 4-3 (OT)||1||3||28||31|
|04/24||@ SJ||W 6-3||1||3||27||30|
|04/17||vs SJ||W 5-2||1||2||26||28|
|04/09||@ STL||L 1-9||1||9||29||38|
|03/31||@ SJ||L 2-4||1||3||29||32|
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