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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
John Curry knew Zach Parise before he was an NHL star and U.S. Olympic captain.
“We played together three years for the Minnesota Blades, plus I remember playing against him in squirts when he was with Bloomington and I was with Minnetonka,” said Curry, 30, a Shorewood native and seventh goaltender to dress for the Wild this season. “You never know for sure when you’re young, but everyone knew back then that he would be one of the best players of our age group.”
Parise laughed last year when Curry, a familiar face from his past, joined the Wild organization on a minor league deal. That contract was turned into an NHL deal in February just in case the Wild ran into injury problems. Of course, the team has with Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper on the shelf.
“Twenty years ago, he was a stand-up goalie,” Parise said. “But he was good. He was really good.”
Said the 5-11 Curry, who was a huge North Stars and Jon Casey fan as a kid, “I was a weird style goalie for sure. I’ve always had probably a little different style. When I grew up, they were still teaching skate saves, so there was no butterfly theory yet.”
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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
For the record, Ilya Bryzgalov is now 4-0-1 since we wrote that the Minnesota Wild would have the worst goaltending in the Western Conference going into the playoffs, and maybe the worst goaltending of all 16 playoff teams regardless of the final grid.
We're not necessarily backing off that suggestion -- rookie Darcy Kuemper is an untested element and slumped before being sidelined by an injury, and we have seen Bryzgalov up close in the playoffs and let's just say the results were not sterling.
Still, kudos to Bryzgalov for stepping into the breach and delivering the kind of starts many believed were beyond him. His current streak includes back-to-back shutouts, including a 1-0 blanking of Winnipeg on Monday in which he stopped 24 shots. Bryzgalov has allowed just five goals in this five-game span that has seen the Wild all but lock up the first wild card spot in the Western Conference.
read on for Custance on John Gibson and the Ducks, LeBrun on the Canucks and Strang on the Devils...
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Monday night was a good night for the Minnesota Wild. Not only did they land the most sought-after college free agent in defenseman Christian Folin, they earned two huge points in Los Angeles with a 3-2 win over the streaking Kings.
Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov continued to prove his worth as a trade deadline addition with his fourth win with the Wild (4-0-2) and Matt Moulson, another deadline addition, tied the game with his third period goal.
The Wild are in the process of locking down one of the two Western Conference wild card spots, and while their first-round match-up won't be much of a reward -- likely the Blues, Ducks or Sharks -- the Wild proved again they can play with anyone when things are going well.
read on for Burnide on a few topics, LeBrun on the Ducks and Strong on the Devils...
Nino Niederreiter received two for interference, Alex Burrows would return to the game.
Here is the the video from the Wild broadcast and below is the Vancouver broadcast...
Prosser received five for elbowing and a game misconduct.
via Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger on the health of Sestito,
He’s coherent. He feels alright but wasn’t able to come back,” DeBoer said.
Scroll to the :20 second mark for the hit.
via Tom Gulitti tweets,
Loud boos for Parise being announced in starting lineup.
Boos for Parise every time he touches the puck.
You can watch an example below...
from Randy Miller of NJ.com,
As happy as Zach Parise has been playing for the Minnesota Wild since leaving the Devils two summers ago - and it appears he's loving life playing close to home - there's so much he misses about his first NHL stop.
His misses his old teammates.
His misses his old fans.
His misses being in a place where he grew up on and off the ice playing for a super strict Hall of Fame boss, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello.
"Lou runs a really tight ship there," Parise told reporters. "People have heard the stories — no facial hair, no taping over the stripes on your socks, no jerseys tucked. There's a lot of things.
"It's all about being a team and not one person sticking out in front of anybody else. They really teach you about being a good teammate and being a professional. Everything is first class. They do a good job, when you're a young player especially, [teaching you] what it takes to play in the league and how to be a pro."
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
It's not too often you see a crowd cheer when an opposing team scores, but that's exactly what happened in Matt Moulson's emotional return to Long Island. The heart-and-soul forward, who was traded by the New York Islanders to the Buffalo Sabres in return for Vanek -- a shocking blockbuster trade that stunned just about everyone -- tallied twice in his first game back against his old club, boosting the Minnesota Wild to a critical 6-0 win over the Islanders.
Moulson received a boisterous response from the Islanders faithful when he was announced as the first star of the night and raised his stick in salute to the fans.
It was a fitting tribute for Moulson, who said yesterday he had wanted to remain on Long Island for the rest of his career. That trade will remain a puzzling one, and it was clear in his return that Moulson is still stung by the way he was unceremoniously shipped out of town. Nice for Moulson to have such a big night in his first game back against his former team, and nice for the fans to give him the recognition he deserves.
more from the ESPN hockey crew including Burnside on the Senators and Devils, LeBrun on the Canadiens, Leafs and Lightning and Custance on the Capitals...
from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,
Standing at the blue line at TD Garden during Monday's morning skate, coach Mike Yeo and winger Dany Heatley engaged in a long, spirited conversation as drills continued around them....
Heatley isn't happy that he has been relegated to 8-10 minutes of ice time since the deadline additions of forwards Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick. That's OK, Yeo said; a player like Heatley shouldn't be happy on the fourth line.
"We had a talk when it first happened, and he's been handling it really well," Yeo said. "I don't want him to be, 'Oh everything is great.' I want him to be demanding more ice time. But the No. 1 way to do that is through your play."
Entering Monday night's game against the Bruins, the former 50-goal scorer had 12 goals, 14 assists and was a minus-12.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
In an attempt to curb “cheating,” instead of a center being kicked out of the circle and replaced by a teammate if a violation is committed before a faceoff, a linesman would make that same booted player take the second faceoff attempt, only that player would be forced to move back 12 to 18 inches. The exact measurement hasn’t been decided.
“I don’t like it at all,” Wild captain Mikko Koivu said. “All it does is create more of a gray area. Faceoffs are quick reactions, both from the center and the linesman. Things happen so quick. Mistakes happen. So you’re going to maybe lose a tight game because a linesman gives the other team a free puck?”
But managers have noticed that 1) Players know linesmen avoid calling penalties (two violations on one faceoff), so they tend to cheat and 2) after icings, a winger will take the draw and intentionally commit a violation to get kicked out for a center just to buy more rest for trapped teammates.
Wild center Kyle Brodziak said: “This seems like a drastic rule change and gimmicky. It’s a linesman’s job to make sure players don’t cheat. I mean, is this that much of an issue? I think it’ll lead to more cheating because linesmen are not going to want to be backing guys up.”
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