Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche: Game Re-cap

Minnesota Wild 1 - 4 Colorado Avalanche

For the Colorado perspective, please visit Mile High Hockey.

What can you say about this one? The Wild played hard. They had their chances, they just couldn't drive it home. Kyle Brodziak had at least three chances, two at a wide open net on the door step and missed. Marco Scandella, who took a puck off the head late in the game, hit the post. Cal Clutterbuck put one over the net that didn't miss by much. One or two of those go in, this is a different game.

After the first period, the Avs certainly seemed content to just sit back and collect their two points. Halfway through the second period, the Avs had two shots on goal. The Wild put 10 shots on in the same period, and came away with nothing. The Avalanche? They get the fortunate bounce as the puck jumps Anton Khudobin's stick and goes in for the third goal. That one gets stopped, who knows? 2-1 is a much different game late in the third than a 3-1 game.

Scary moment in the second period as Ryan O`Reilly and Matt Cullen skated toward the Wild bench. O'Reilly's skate caught Cullen's and O'Reilly went into the boards head first. Every doctor in the building was assisting, and O'Reilly went off the ice on a stretcher. He was taken to Region's Hospital, where it was reported that he could move his arms and legs. Adrian Dater tweeted that O'Reilly is expected to fly back with the team tonight.

Very, very good news.

The bad news? The Wild get nothing for this one. Nothing at all. No points, not really a moral victory either. Borat looked immensely beatable, which does not bode well against the Canucks on Sunday. The braineaters have to be salivating at the thought of being able to face Khudobin. Top shelf blocker side. You think they can't hit that with their eyes closed?

Come back soon, Bax. 

There isn't much to say here. They had their chances. The same problem that has haunted them for a decade still does. Without a finisher, all the chances in the world mean nothing. Imagine Guillaume Latendresse (remember him?) getting the chances Brodziak had. This game is easily 3-1 Wild in short order. 

Le sigh. In better news for local fans, and for Nathan, looks like the Gophers beat the #2 Fighting Sioux. Good on 'em. Minnesota hockey fans needed something to distract them after this. Completely disappointing to watch them work so hard (Sorry, Tom) and get nothing. 

If you want to relive it, here you go. Or... just skip to the 3:06 mark for a completely disrespectful, show-off move from Mikko Koivu behind the net. Good thing the spin-o-rama is a move you could never pull off in a game.

 

Hockey Wilderness Three Stars

1. Craig Anderson (32 saves
2. Kevin Porter (1G, guy was everywhere)
3. Milan Hejduk (1G)

Five Questions

  1. How will Borat look tonight?  Not good. Let's just leave it at that.
  2. Can the Wild keep themselves out of the box?  They did. Didn't matter much, though.
  3. Will the defense offer the support Khudobin needs?  Not really. Young goalie, nervous, they needed to step it up, and thy didn't. 
  4. Can Clutterbuck get inside the Avs' heads and effect the outcome of the game?  Cal was basically a non factor.
  5. How embarrassing will this be? Well, it could have been worse. I'm not sure how, but it could have been. 
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