Benched despite 9 players being out, Kevin Fiala goes from the doghouse to the penthouse in a big Wild win – [Update News]

One fascinating relationship between Dean Evason & Kevin Fiala

It goes back to their days together in Milwaukee, where Fiala arrived as the hotshot No. 11th pick from Switzerland, fully expecting to play for Nashville.

When the Wild acquired Fiala in 2019, lucky him, Evason — his longtime coach with the Admirals — was behind Minnesota’s bench as an assistant.

Well, Evason is now the Wild’s head coach, and Fiala is one of the Wild’s most talented, most frustrating players.

Evason dislikes calling out players in the public eye. He doesn’t often make a big-name player look bad by sitting them down during games. But when it comes to Fiala, Evason never hesitates to teach him very public lessons when he feels they’re warranted.

Saturday night, the Washington Capitals won a shootout 3-2. Evason made Fiala pay by benching Fiala in the third period. The forward had taken three penalties in the first period, which lasted 4:27.

Evason needed to show courage because Wild were playing the game with, get this, Kirill Kamrizov, Joel Eriksson Ek, Jonas Brodin.