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The Wild-Aguilera Effect

03/14/2007 at 12:57pm EDT
Roberto Luongo obviously wishes things worked out a lot differently last night, but likely wasn't all that surprised either. While it's probably exciting to watch your team kick ass for the opening 20 minutes of the game -- scoring to two goals, outshooting their opponents 2-to-1, forcing penalties -- it's probably equally as terrifying to watch them stop playing and lay down for a nap for the final 40 minutes.Brendan Morrison:
"We wilted. There's no way we should have lost that game, being up 2-0 at home early. You can't just play one period and expect to win."We stopped playing at the end of the first period. As the game went on, we played like a timid team. Nobody wanted the puck. And our power play was terrible. We had a lot of chances to go up 3-0 in the game. We couldn't even get into the zone."
imageSo, was it just "one of those games"? Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose? Possibly. But the powerplay outage, for one thing, is more than a concern at this point, with no sign of turning around. Is it now 1 goal in the last 27, 28 chances? What the hell?Incidentally, a potentially important fact about last night: pop-princess Christina Aguilera was in one of the suites (directly above the press box) with her concert sound & light technician, "a huge Wild fan". Her current concert tour will be taking her past Edmonton and Calgary next, then performs back in St. Paul Minnesota. This neatly follows part of the Wild's own road trip before heading to the Twin Cities to celebrate at the mothership, a.k.a. the Xcel Energy Center.Is her tour following the Minnesota Wild's schedule by coincidence or design? Who knows. But I'm prepared to adopt a new hockey superstition and they'd better ban Aguilera tunes from the arena soundtracks for a little while.I think she might be a dark force -- for hockey and for music. ___________________________________ *canucks photo credit Getty Images, Jeff Vinnick

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