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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
When I was walking around the locker room after the Wild’s latest road loss tonight and when I watched this game against the Rangers from the press box, I was thinking about how hockey looks so easy when you’re winning and looks so impossible when you’re losing.
The Wild’s in one of those awful, hard-to-get-out-of funks right now, (the type that plagued Todd Richards here and Mike Yeo’s first two years here) where it’s so hard to even remember what they did when they were winning routinely in November.
The players are frustrated. The coach is frustrated. Nobody seems to have any answers, which is scary when this Wild team is set to fall right back out of the top-8 again, maybe as soon as Monday if Phoenix wins in Buffalo and the Wild loses in Philly.
The words, “I don’t know,” came out of everybody’s mouth I talked to in the locker room tonight, from Zach Parise to Mikko Koivu.
Chris Kreider fanned on his shot, but it fooled Backsrom...
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has placed goaltender Josh Harding on Injured Reserve and recalled goaltender Johan Gustafsson from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).
“Over the next week, Josh will make a minor adjustment to his treatment protocol,” said Fletcher. “Josh feels great and he looks forward to rejoining our team for our game in Winnipeg on Dec. 27.”
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
John Tortorella didn’t want to talk much about the injury to rookie defenceman Ryan Stanton, but he had something to say about the call made on the play.
Wild heavyweight Zenon Konopka received a two-minute tripping minor after he shoved Stanton from behind and into the end boards early in the second period. Stanton fell awkwardly to the ice and appeared to turn his left ankle.
Tortorella had a heated conversation with referee Tim Peel about the call.
“It shouldn’t have been a minor,” Tortorella said. “That’s what I thought. We are trying to get that play out of the game and look at the person who is doing it. I just thought it should have been more than a minor.”
continue for more on the game..
Scroll to the :35 second mark in the video below to see the play...
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
The Wild paraded to the penalty box and the Sharks capitalized with three power-play goals on seven chances to send the Wild off into the chilly North California night reeling after a 3-1 loss at the Shark Tank.
“It must be nice to draw penalties like that,” coach Mike Yeo said, sarcastically, “when the other team goes stick on puck and you kind of hold your head.”
Yeo was referring to Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart, who whipped his head back like he was shot when checked by Justin Fontaine in the first period. Yeo felt replays showed Fontaine’s stick was at Stuart’s waist.
“To me that’s embarrassing,” Yeo said. “I don’t know. I guess we’ve got to ask our players to embellish more.”...
Wild center Zenon Konopka was nailed for a double-minor high-stick even though his lumber didn’t come close to hitting defenseman Jason Demers. It was actually Sharks center Freddie Hamilton who clipped his teammate.
Yeo said the referee “just shrugged.”
“I told him it was not my stick. It’s their stick,” Konopka said. “I don’t him, ‘You’re making the wrong call. It wasn’t my stick.’ Of course they score on it.”
more on the game...
added 9:21am, You have to think Yeo was not happy with this hooking call on Matt Cooke either, scroll to the :19 mark of the video below...
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
The Sharks were denied a win over the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 10 when an overtime goal by Marleau was waived off by a referee who said Tommy Wingels made incidental contact with netminder Ondrej Pavalec.
But when Parise fired in a rebound at 3:55 of the second period to give the Wild a 1-0 lead, the goal was allowed to stand even after Minnesota forward Jason Pominville fell on Niemi.
"Completely different interpretation of what was explained to me in Winnipeg," McLellan said of the response he got after complaining about the goal. "I'll be looking for an explanation before we lose our third point now."
Niemi said he expected that goal to be disallowed.
"Yeah I think I was bumped. I'm not sure where it happened or if they did it on purpose or not, but it affected the play, for sure," said Niemi, who added that the official told him he was outside the crease at the time -- something that usually isn't a factor.
more on the game and watch the Parise goal below...
The 3rd star of the month in November carries his fine play into December.
No need for the push from McLeod.
Earlier this month McLeod was suspended by the NHL for 5 games.
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Parise arrived at Xcel Energy Center this morning in a walking boot and was expected to miss two to three weeks with a bruised foot. But around 10 a.m., Parise went on the ice in a track suit and tested the foot. He looked tentative as he pushed off. He left the ice after five minutes.
Twenty minutes later, he emerged for the morning skate much to the delight of his teammates. During line rushes, he took his spot on the Parise-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle line. That is an indication he will play tonight.
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