Minnesota Wild sellout streak is over

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The Wild's sellout streak is tamed.
It was a wild run, but it's over.

The Minnesota Wild has sold out every single one of its 409 home games since the team's inaugural season 10 years ago. It's the longest running streak in NHL history. But all that came to a close after yesterday's exhibition game against the St. Louis Blues.

Ticket sales at the Xcel Energy Center fell short of a full house by 1,845 according to the team. The Strib reported that there were actually thousands of empty seats.

Perhaps the Twins and their shiny new stadium are taking a bite out of the Wild's share of Minnesota fandom?

Maybe, says local sports author Ross Bernstein. "I think certainly the Twins stadium, the Gophers stadium, the popularity of the Vikings -- there's only so many discretionary dollars to go around," he says.

Bernstein says he'd be more impressed if actual season games don't sell out. And if you discount preseason games -- then hey! The Wild are still riding the dragon with 382 sold out games.

And true Wild fans might be far more interested in how the team played. Oh, uh -- not good. They went down 5-1.

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