Minnesota Wild 6-3 Columbus Blue Jackets
How much can you tell from a game between two teams not playing for anything? The Minnesota Wild once again played a fantastic offensive game in a match that didn't mean anything. Marian Gaborik scored twice and added an assist. Kurtis Foster and Mikko Koivu each had a goal and an assist as the Wild beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3.
The story tonight was the departure of Jacques Lemaire.
“There comes a time when you know it’s the right time to go,” he said. “And I know this. I had a great time here. I had eight great years.”
The 63-year-old Lemaire took over the expansion franchise when it joined the NHL in 2000-2001. Lemaire has a career record of 538-415-176 in 14 seasons with Montreal, New Jersey and Minnesota, leading the Devils to the 1995 Stanley Cup title. He was 291-256-107 with the Wild, including winning records in his last six seasons.
Hockey Wilderness Three Stars
- Marian Gaborik (2 G, 1 A)
- Mikko Koivu (1 G, 1 A)
- Kurtis Foster (1 G, 1 A)
Questions to Answer
- Is tonight Jacques Lemaire's last game as coach of the Minnesota Wild? It is indeed. Thank you Jacques. Someone is going to have HUGE shoes to fill.
- Will Marian Gaborik end his career with the Wild tonight? Likely, but we don't know yet.
- Can we push Risebrough out of town? I'm going to guess not.
- Backstrom finally get a night off? Yes he did.
- Anyone really give a crap about tonight? I'm not watching. 8 comments on the game thread. That sums it up.
- Jacques Lemaire resigned as coach of the Minnesota Wild.
- Marian Gaborik has 10 goals and 18 points in ten games since returning. He's going to get a fat contract.