UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 10: Mike Mottau #10 of the New York Islanders checks Kyle Brodziak #21 of the Minnesota Wild at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October10, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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To say the Wild came out flat would be an understatement. Being outshot 9-2 in the first period and down 2-0, you would think they forgot the game was at noon until they showed up at the rink and realized it wasn't the traditional morning skate. Slow, flat, dragging, out of sync. All of those would be apropos in describing the first period.
Then came the hellfire from Mike Yeo. I would assume he lit into the guys in the first intermission, because the rest of the game the Wild took the play to the Islanders. Drawing penalties, forcing their will on the opposition, creating chances, but Al Montoya turned everything away, smothered loose pucks, controlled rebounds, and the defensive shell the Isles enacted worked perfectly. Shots were controlled and the Islanders took eight penalties, leading to seven power play opportunities but the Wild couldn't capitalize on those chances.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard would have come in handy, but Guillaume Latendresse, Matt Cullen and Brett Bulmer provided the scoring for the Wild today. The issue was that the first line couldn't put the puck in the net, the Isles mitigated the Wild's chances and Montoya stood stall. Tough loss, but these happen.
Here's hoping things turn around quickly tomorrow night and the equipment truck doesn't start on fire in Ottawa.
The Bennett's Chop & Railhouse Stars of the Game:
- Al Montoya (1 G, 1 A)
- P.A. Parenteau (2 A)
- Matt Cullen (1 G)
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Good afternoon and we'll see you tomorrow for the Ottawa Senators at 6:30.
- Does the top line continue their dominance? Controlled play, but couldn't capitalize on their chances.
- With Bouchard suspended, will the second line falter in providing secondary scoring? Second line with the only goal of the night, but it wasn't enough.
- Does Marco Scandella build on a solid opening night? Part of the turnover leading to the second goal, but honestly he had another solid performance.
- Will the Wild continue to be outshot? Certainly looked that way, down 9-2 in the first period, but controlling the play in the second and third left them outshooting the Isles 21-14.
- How does Matt Kassian look in his first game back? Umm, did he even play? 1:32 TOI. Wow.