Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/20/12 at 03:02 AM ET
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Just when you think you’ve seen its absolute worst, just when you think it can’t get any lower, just when you think it can’t play any crummier, the Wild does what it did tonight here at Air Canada Centre.
Just a terrible performance, a terrible effort, an unwatchable display in a 4-1 loss to the Leafs in the center of the Hockey Universe and seen coast-to-coast across Canada.
To cut-and-paste from my game story…
“I’ve been coaching for quite awhile, and I’ve been part of a lot of games I didn’t like, and this one ranks right up there,” coach Mike Yeo said.
In a maddening display, the Wild passed into skates, coughed up pucks in the neutral zone, looked like bullfighters Ole-ing at the blue line, played pylon in the defensive zone and refused to lay bodies on net-crashing Maple Leafs.
In the offensive zone, instead of playing dump-and-chase, the Wild dumped and watched the puck come right out. The Wild generated two, maybe three scoring chances in the first two periods. Nick Johnson’s goal with 2:27 left ruined Jonas Gustavsson’s shutout and was the Wild’s 11th goal in the past 11 road games.
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