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Sorry for the lack of posts the last two days, was feelig ill but feeling much better now.
added 10:21pm, Below is the NHL explanation and a longer video...
A full blown 3-0 in OT and they miss the net. Dallas lost 3-2 to the Minnesota Wild in the shootout.
from Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,
So does Leipold think the pieces are in place for a legitimate Stanley Cup run?
“Who knows?” said Leipold. “They could be. I’ve seen things from this team that I’ve never seen from this team before. …. We have to continue to build on that. This could be the year.”...
Leipold, who bought the team in January 2008, is as happy as he’s ever been, and rightfully so as his team has as good a chance as any to hoist the Stanley Cup.
“It’s been crazy fun,” Leipold said. “Things have gone so well. … It’s been a fun ride so far.”
And should the Wild come up short this season, Leipold is confident in the foundation that’s in place for prolonged success.
“I feel like the window is open,” he said. “I feel like it’s open for a number of years going forward. I like the direction our team is going. We are going to be in this for a long time.”
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced that defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss a minimum of four weeks due to a fractured finger suffered in last night's 4-3 loss to New Jersey.
Brodin, 23 (7/12/93), has tallied 16 points (3-13=16) including five power-play points in 43 games with Minnesota this season. He has already surpassed his point and assist totals from last season and owns a career-high two game-winning goals. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound native of Karlstad, Sweden, ranks second on the team in blocked shots (68) and third in TOI/game at 19:46. Brodin has collected 70 points (18-52=70) and a plus-21 rating in 306 career NHL contests with the Wild.
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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Twenty-four hours after outscoring the Winnipeg Jets 7-4, the Canadiens found themselves on the wrong end of a 7-1 count against the Minnesota Wild Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
What had been a tight-checking game got away from the Canadiens in a 40-second span in the second period as the Wild scored twice to take a 3-0 lead.
“That was the backbreaker,” said Carey Price, who faced only 24 shots. “It’s tough to come back from a 3-0 lead against a team like that. They played very well structurally and you have to tip your hat to them. We didn’t generate much offensively and they capitalized on just about every chance they had. That pretty well sums it up,”
The Wild took control of the game when Eric Staal scored at 6:35 and Jordan Schroeder made it 3-0 at 7:14. Staal took advantage of a sloppy line change and went in alone on Price.
Minnesota added another goal late in the second period for a 4-0 lead and there was some surprise when the goaltender came out for the third period. But Price decided to take one for the team, the same way backup Al Montoya did when he suffered through a 10-0 shelling in Columbus on Nov. 4.
“I’d rather just stick it out,” said Price. “Nobody else has the opportunity to get pulled from a game.”
Coach Michel Therrien said Price was given the chance to pack it in and he rejected the idea.
Catch the game highlights below...
from Dan Myers of MinnesotaWild.com,
With its solid play and the announcement earlier this week of three representatives at the NHL All-Star Game later this month, the Minnesota Wild's strong start to the season has started to capture the attention of a national audience.
If it hasn't already, it will by the end of the weekend.
After its game against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday aired on NBC Sports Network, Thursday's game against the Montreal Canadiens and Sunday's against the Chicago Blackhawks will also be seen by a nationwide audience.
The men who broadcasted the Wild's win over the Ducks, play-by-play man Kenny Albert and color analyst Pierre McGuire, came away impressed.
"They're a team that's for real," McGuire said. "They've got an elite goaltender in Devan Dubnyk. They've got a defenseman in Ryan Suter that's probably gonna be a Norris Trophy candidate. They've got quick-strike offensive capability from a lot of different sources. They've got Zach Parise back on track. There's a lot of things going on there that are extremely positive."
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,
Bruce Boudreau’s team won a hockey game, 2-1, Sunday at Honda Center.
It just came eight months too late.
Had Boudreau guided the Ducks to a 2-1 victory over Nashville in Game 7 here on April 27, who knows when that postseason might have ended or where the coach would be today?
Instead, the Ducks lost to the Predators, 2-1, Boudreau was fired two days later, hired shortly thereafter by Minnesota and returned Sunday to experience that 2-1 victory that eluded him spectacularly so the last time he was here.
When reviewed in summation, this game represented a circle as perfect as the one at center ice.
“Your players know that you want to win,” Boudreau explained afterward. “So it was nice to see that they played as well as they did.”
Oh, yeah, he wanted to win this one, probably almost as much as he wanted to win the one April 27.
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Just what we all expected from the two best defensive teams in the West – a six-goal third period, four from the Wild, during a 5-4 come-from-behind Minnesota victory.
What a way to avoid the Wild’s second regulation losing streak of the season. The Wild scored at least four goals in the third period for the 10th time in franchise history and the first time since opening night in Colorado in 2015.
The Wild also overcame multiple deficits of 2+ goals to win for just the second time in franchise history (also Dec. 4, 2009 vs ANA: 5-4 SO W).
Instead, the Wild rallied for a seventh straight road win. It’s now 15-2-3 in its past 20 and 8-1-3 in its past 12 on the road....
Down 2-1 in the third period thanks to Eric Staal’s power-play goal with 61 seconds left in the second to give Minnesota life in a game it was being outshot 23-10 in, Zach Parise, who looked like the Parise of old, tied the score 2:08 into the third.
But, starting at the 3:49 mark, Joel Ward and Patrick Marleau scored 32 seconds apart to put the Wild in a 4-2 hole.
Below are the game highlights...
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